And the oceans can’t take much more: the alarming, rapid rise in sea temperatures indicate that they have reached capacity and will soon release that extra carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere in what the IUCN report characterizes as a “positive feedback loop.”

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Coastal regions whose economies rely heavily on fisheries are already feeling the effects of a rapidly warming ocean, while coastal cities are greatly threatened by sea level rise from melting polar ice caps.

The report also predicts that ocean temperatures will rise by an additional 1° to 4° Celsius by 2100, with the most warming occurring in the Southern Hemisphere. The polar regions are predicted to warm even more than the rest of the world’s oceans.

“Ocean warming is one of this generation’s greatest hidden challenges—and one for which we are completely unprepared,” Andersen said, according to the Independent.

“The only way to preserve the rich diversity of marine life, and to safeguard the protection and resources the ocean provides us with, is to cut greenhouse gas emissions rapidly and substantially,” Andersen added.

This article previously stated that the oceans have absorbed 93 percent of CO2 emissions emitted by human activity since the 1970s. In fact, oceans have absorbed 93 percent of the excess heat created by the greenhouse effect and human activity since the 1970s. We regret the error.

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