The Ocean: From Victim to Solution to Climate Change

The Ocean: From Victim to Solution to Climate Change

This webinar originally aired on 8 January 2020. It was presented by Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg of the University of Queensland, and Steve Gaines of the University of California Santa Barbara.

The 2019 IPCC report on oceans showed that impacts to the world’s ocean from climate are significant and growing. Yet the ocean can also be a major part of the solution to climate change. In 2018, the High Level Panel on Climate Change (an initiative of 14 current heads of government committed to bold climate solutions), convened an international team of scientists and other experts to evaluate the potential for ocean-based actions to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These include solutions ranging from ocean-based renewable energy and ocean-based transport to conservation of marine and coastal ecosystems, fisheries and aquaculture, and carbon storage in the seabed. This webinar will present the findings of the panel report, as well as two new complementary papers on ocean-based mitigation options and on the impacts of climate change to the ocean economy.