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Nearly three-quarters of Earth’s surface is covered by water, and the oceans hold nearly 97% of it. Why don’t we think about them more?
Earth’s oceans are drivers of the weather and the extremes of climate change that we’re now seeing manifested. Oceans are the heatsink that have been absorbing the excess energy trapped because of unconstrained human activity adding carbon – and other greenhouse gases – to the atmosphere.
The oceans are also a global farm, supplying large parts of the world with their sustenance. And they have a deep cultural connection for, and are central to the lives, of much of the world’s population.
And there’s so much we need to learn about oceans. They’re primarily unmapped and uncatalogued; we’re still learning how they work. They are a dynamic system of incredible complexity, forever changing. Significantly, in these times of changing climate, they are rising and moving to claim more of our habitat.
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