Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

The ocean probably isn't the first entity that comes to mind when you think of economic output. Yet the "Blue Economy" brings tremendous value in both tangible and intangible ways, from promoting foreign trade to governing climate change.

Sustainable use of the ocean and its resources for economic development and livelihoods has such far-reaching consequences that their protection is an significant mission for the UN, as well as for many other countries and organizations around the world.
Those vital ocean assets, however, are in danger of rapidly sinking. Until World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020, we look at the overall amount of assets coming from our ocean, and how these resources are influenced by the different human activities.

The scale at which we rely on the ocean for climate control can be hard to really understand. The ocean is a huge "carbon sink," which absorbs approximately 30 per cent of the human activity produced carbon. But levels of acidity and rising sea surface temperatures are increasing their chemistry and reducing their CO2 dissolution ability.
Ocean acidification has risen by 26 per cent since pre-industrial times, according to the UN. It could rise to 100-150 per cent at our current rates by the end of the century. Overfishing is another pressing problem with no signs of slowing down, with healthy fish stocks dwindling in just over 40 years from 90 to 66.9 per cent.

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