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Ocean’s Week

Oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, and provide 99% of the world’s living space, but mankind is slowly destroying a key source of food, the planet’s thermostat and a home to millions of species.

Head of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission tells RTCC that acidification of the oceans must be recognised as a ‘critical issue and acted upon’ at Rio+20

Coral reefs could recover from the effects of climate change and over exploitation, but with over a billion people relying on the reefs for their livelihoods, locally sensitive action is required.

RTCC takes you through the science of climate change and the oceans.

Containing 25% of marine species, coral reefs are considered to be the treasure troves of the oceans.

Described as the ‘blue heart’ the planet, Marina Vaughan of the Blue Marine Foundation asks how much of it would you protect?

A vast amount of the plastic thrown away ends up in the oceans having a long term impact on marine life.

In the second blog from the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO Isabelle Niang writes about the threat to West Africa from rapid coastal erosion.

Mark Lynas, envrionmentalist and author of ‘The God Species’ spoke to RTCC about ocean acidificiation and its links to climate change.

New report from the United Nations Environment Programme highlights the economy gain from keeping healthy coasts and seas.

Dr Donna Roberts writes for RTCC from the Mawson Centenary Cruise to Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica.

Researchers from Plymouth Marine Laboratory are finding increased levels of ocean acidity affect the entire marine ecosystem.

Antarctic expert tells RTCC the Southern Ocean is a barometer for climate changes across the planet.

Australian oceans expert tells RTCC warmer seas will absorb less CO2, exacerbating greenhouse effect.

Oceans are not simply a source of food and sanctuary for ecosystems. They could also provide us with vast quantities of energy.

A new study which detected a huge fresh water pool in the Artic Ocean, warns changes in wind direction could cause the pool to spill out and disturb ocean currents cooling Europe.

Wendy Watson-Wright, head of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission has called for acidification to be considered at this years RIO+20 Earth Summit conference.