Last week, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica committed to aligning their marine-protected areas to form a fishing-free corridor covering more than 500,000 sq km (200,000 sq miles). They were the latest in a long list of countries who have realised that our oceans are crucial in the fight to keep global heating within 1.5 degrees.
The UK government also announced on Friday, Ocean Action Day, that over 100 countries had signed up to a pledge to protect at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030. Why? Because oceans are estimated to absorb at least a quarter of the world’s CO2 emissions, something known as ‘blue carbon‘.
As the second week of Cop26 begins, Phoebe Weston leaves the main conference hall to speak to marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Dr Enric Sala, about what the climate crisis is doing to our seas and the important role they could play in combating it.
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