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Ocean Literacy

Ocean literacy means spreading awareness of the influence that the ocean has on our lives and the influence that our actions have on the ocean. The approach is based on seven fundamental principles, including education and communication, to promote a culture of safeguarding marine ecosystems. Ocean literacy is an objective recognized by the United Nations. Read “Ocean Literacy for All – a toolkit” on Ocean Literacy For All – A toolkit

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Phytoplankton captures CO2 and transports it to the sea floor

Another important role of the ocean is its ability to cycle and sequester carbon. The deep water and benthic sediments…

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A chemical process

Ocean acidification is caused by an increase in atmospheric CO2 entering the water. The ocean absorbs roughly 30% of all…

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A wealth still to be explored

Even though humanity’s actions to date have not always reflected it, many of us deeply appreciate the intrinsic value, biodiversity and…

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Consequences of Global Warming 1

Increase of ocean heat content has been a large contributor to global mean sea-level rise, about 30%, due to thermal…

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The role of phytoplankton

Marine microorganisms certainly play the most disproportionate role in the primary production of oxygen, even though they make up less…

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How oceans regulate climate

The ocean is the planet’s largest store of water, heat and carbon and therefore plays a most fundamental role in regulating…

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Q&A with Sandro Carniel

The oceanographer Sandro Carniel, member of the Scientific Committee of One Ocean Foundation, answers four basic questions: Why is the…

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‘Secret rainforests’ have been discovered deep in our oceans

Mention coral reefs and we all tend to think of underwater forests just beyond the surf. But if you could…

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The Aichi goals to protect wildlife have been missed

The world has failed to meet a single target to stem the destruction of wildlife and life-sustaining ecosystems in the…

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Humans' construction 'footprint' on ocean quantified for first time

In a world-first, the extent of human development in oceans has been mapped. An area totalling approximately 30,000 square kilometers…