Rapid Ocean Decline Calls for Decisive U.S. Action

NEW YORK – World leaders gathered in New York City today to respond to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

The following is a statement from Lisa Speer, director of International Oceans at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“All life on Earth depends on our oceans.  There’s no time to dwell on the grim news in this report:  the time to act is now. 

 “We need immediate, coordinated action in the U.S. and abroad on three fronts:  reducing fossil fuel emissions, fully protecting at least 30% of the global ocean from damaging human activities by 2030, and shifting people and economic development away from our most vulnerable coastlines.

“Only prompt, decisive action can help stave off the dramatic changes this report forecasts and ensure a viable future for our ocean and humanity.”

NRDC experts weigh in on the IPCC report here:

Here is more information on the how climate threatens our oceans, along with NRDC’s recommendations for climate action.


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