Increasing levels of man-made greenhouse gases are leading to global climate change with catastrophic long-term implications for the marine environment. Stopping the rise in temperatures is the most important and urgent task facing mankind and requires action by all industries including shipping and fishing.

Increasing levels of man-made greenhouse gases are leading to global climate change with catastrophic long-term implications for the marine environment. Stopping the rise in temperatures is the most important and urgent task facing mankind and requires action by all industries including shipping and fishing.

Rising temperatures will affect every aspect of the natural world and have profound impacts on the marine environment: effects will include changes to ocean circulation, changes in salinity and oxygen content, ocean acidification, changes in species (including commercial fish species) abundance, distribution and migratory routes, and of course sea-level rise. These will place substantial and in many cases unbearable additional pressures on marine ecosystems that are already heavily stressed by human activities. Human populations at the coast will be affected by flooding, and changes to weather patterns will lead to drought and widespread food shortages; the poorest parts of the world are likely to be affected most but all will be touched by climate change.

Seas At Risk’s particular focus is the marine sphere and in addition to drawing attention to the marine affects of climate change we will be pushing to ensure that key marine industries, such as shipping and fishing, play their part in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tackling the threat of climate change.

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Latest on the marine impacts of climate change
"Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans" International Symposium, Gijon 19-23rd May 2008.
"Effects of climate change on the worlds oceans" Second International Symposium, 15- 19 May 2012, Yeosu, Korea
For more on the science of climate change go to:
Acid test for marine biodiversity (Nature, 3/7/08).

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