Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

Visualisation of the Ocean Economy Human Impact #infographic

When you think of economic output, the ocean probably isn't the first entity that comes to mind. But the "Blue Economy" adds considerable value in both tangible and intangible ways, from facilitating international trade to climate regulation.

Sustainable use of the ocean and its wealth for economic growth and livelihoods has such far-reaching implications that their conservation is an important task for the United Nations, as well as many other countries and organizations around the world.

However, those vital ocean assets are in danger of sinking rapidly. Before World Oceans Day on June 8, 2020, we look at the total value of assets coming from our ocean, and how the various human activities affect these resources.

It can be difficult to really understand the scale at which we rely on the ocean for climate regulation. The ocean is a major "carbon sink," which absorbs nearly 30 per cent of the carbon emitted by human activity. But acidity levels and rising sea surface temperatures change their chemistry and diminish their capacity to dissolve CO2.

According to the UN, ocean acidification has increased 26 per cent since pre-industrial times. At our current levels, it could grow to 100-150 per cent by the end of the century. Overfishing is another pressing issue with no signs of slowing down, with healthy fish stocks dwindling from 90 to 66.9 per cent in just over 40 years.

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