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Here’s why our oceans hold our future

By
Dave Fanger
June 12, 2017
2 min read
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In celebration of World Oceans Day, here are 5 facts about our oceans to keep in mind and heart. 

Oceans absorb around 30% carbon dioxide produced by humans

Oceans absorb around 30% carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Should all the glaciers and icebergs melt in an instant, sea levels would rise 262 feet.

Should all the glaciers and icebergs melt in an instant, sea levels would rise 262 feet. Enough to fully submerge most coastal cities in the world.

 

air pollution is responsible for at least one-third of toxic contaminants

It is estimated that air pollution is responsible for at least one-third of toxic contaminants that are dumped on a yearly basis onto our oceans.

only about five percent of the world’s oceans have been totally explored

 

Humans have documented space and other planets better than they have mapped the ocean floor. It is estimated that only about five percent of the world’s oceans have been totally explored.

2.6 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein

Oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 2.6 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein. 

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