U.N. Releases Dire Report on World’s Oceans

Climate impacts pushing waters to the brink

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September 25, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report on the state of the world’s oceans. The report detailed the distressing impacts that the climate crisis is having on oceans and the species that inhabit it.

“This report is yet another reminder that dithering by world leaders in the face of the climate crisis is becoming more costly and deadly by the minute,” said Bradley Campbell, President of CLF. “Neither the stroke of a Sharpie nor well-intentioned rhetoric can avert or obscure the irreversible damage already done to our oceans and our security. Only a quantum leap in climate leadership can limit the scale of the catastrophe and avoid utter betrayal of future generations.”

The U.N. report offers a grim picture of the current state of the world’s oceans. From species loss and migration to waters that are more acidic, warmer and losing oxygen, the climate crisis is negatively impacting the ocean in ways that are only now becoming clear. The report also details the destructive impacts of sea-level rise that will become permanent if the world does not drastically reduce climate-damaging emissions.

The full report can be found here.

CLF experts are available for further comment.