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The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.

The new report, compiled by a U.N. panel of more than 100 climate change experts and released Wednesday, warns the oceans and ice around the world are experiencing serious consequences from climate change that are already irreversible — but the impacts can be limited from even worse scenarios if greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced.

“Taken together these changes show that the world’s ocean and cryosphere have been taking the heat for climate change for decades,” Ko Barrett, deputy assistant administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a vice-chair on the report said Wednesday.

“The consequences for nature and for humanity are sweeping and severe.”

The ocean has absorbed over 90% of the heat from global warming in the last 50 years, as well as excess carbon dioxide, which raises the temperature of the water, makes it more acidic and displaces oxygen, which can be devastating for sea life. Read more

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The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.

The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.

The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.

The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.

The world’s oceans are increasingly taking the heat from climate change, threatening marine life, islands and coastal communities, a new United Nations report says.