The interconnectedness of climate and ocean as well as the need to build resilience are now essential parts of the new ocean agenda. The effects of climate change are already being profoundly felt in the ocean, a reality that policymakers collectively acknowledged when they signed up to develop a treaty on marine biodiversity. Climate and resilience will be hotly debated topics at the World Ocean Summit in Japan in March next year.
At the World Ocean Initiative we have recently explored how a new UN climate change report highlights both risks and opportunities for the blue economy. We have also shone a light on what the shipping sector is doing to cut its carbon emissions and how international agreements can help to tackle plastic pollution. Finally, we have examined to what extent seagrass can realise its potential in the fight against climate change.