Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

When you think of economic output, it's probably not the first entity that comes to mind that is the ocean. But the "Blue Economy" contributes significant value in both tangible and intangible ways, from facilitating international trade to regulating the climate.

Sustainable use of the ocean and its resources for economic development and livelihoods has such far-reaching effects that its protection is an important goal for the United Nations, as well as many other countries and organizations worldwide.

Those vital ocean assets, however, are in danger of quickly sinking. Before World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020, we look at the total value of assets coming from our ocean, and how these resources are affected by various human activities.

Truly understanding the scale at which we rely on the ocean for climate regulation can be difficult. The ocean is a major "carbon sink," absorbing almost 30 percent of the carbon that human activity emitted. But levels of acidity and rising sea surface temperatures change their chemistry and decrease their ability to dissolve CO2.

Ocean acidification has risen by 26 per cent since pre-industrial times, according to the UN. It could grow to 100-150 percent at our current levels by the end of the century. Overfishing is another pressing issue that shows 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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