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Climate Change and Ocean Health

Climate Change and Ocean Health

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Manager
foresight@arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531

Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity

The earth’s rising temperature is closely interconnected with the health of our oceans. Covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, oceans absorb 80% of the sun’s energy and are the world’s largest carbon sink. As a result, our oceans are warming dramatically, ocean acidity has increased by almost 30% since the mid-1750s, and sea level rise remains unchecked. This has resulted in damage to coral reefs, plankton and crustaceans, warmer sea surface temperatures reducing the upwelling of nutrients from deep oceans and disrupting ocean currents and weather, and the thermal expansion of oceans and the accelerated melting of ice caps cause inexorable sea level rise.

Curated by explorer and environmental scientist, Tim Jarvis, this set of Drivers of Change cards looks at some of the key issues, their consequences and solutions we might consider to avoid catastrophe.

Drivers of Change investigates the key global issues and trends driving change in our societies and markets. It is one of the most well-known and comprehensive publication series of its kind. The cards are an effective way of raising awareness about our environment – both man-made and natural. They help initiate conversations, act as workshop materials, provide a foundation for further study and serve as an input for strategy and innovation processes.

Drivers of Change

Our Drivers of Change programme investigates the key global issues and trends driving change in the built environment. From climate change to urbanisation to poverty, each set examines the top 25 drivers of change impacting our societies and markets.