The oceans are our world’s most significant carbon sink. They absorb the carbon dioxide and excess heat generated by greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, they could be a great ally in reducing the impact of climate change. There is a problem, however. Overfishing, global warming, and plastic pollution are destroying the ecosystems of the sea, and this hinders the capacity of the seas to store carbon and absorb heat.
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It is vital to halt overfishing and to curb the stream of waste entering the precious oceans. It could help tackle the climate crisis. If governments forged a new treaty to protect the oceans and created ocean sanctuaries around the world, it could restore many areas to health. By setting a target of safeguarding 30% of the oceans (at least) by 2030, it would combat global heating, according to a new report by Greenpeace International called In Hot Water.
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