Sarah Werner

Facts about Climate: Oceans

The earth is called the "blue planet" for a reason: 70 percent of the surface is covered by oceans. They absorb a quarter of the CO₂ that we humans produce every year. But climate change is afflicting them heavily.

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In addition to forests and soils, oceans are one of the largest carbon sinks on our planet and massively lessen the greenhouse effect. In interaction with the sun and the atmosphere, they also influence whether it is warm, raining or storming. With our new fact sheet, we show how important oceans are to us and how much they suffer from climate change. We also present a current project from the Climate Initiative that deals with a very special CO₂ storage system in the ocean: seagrass in the Baltic Sea.