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Ocean confirmed to mitigate the effects of climate change

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The oceans can capture about 25% of the CO2 released into the atmosphere as well as absorb 90% of the heat produced from certain emissions. This is key in the fight against climate change, since one of the consequences is the increase in CO2 levels. The marine ecosystem is particularly vulnerable to these temperature variations, so it is necessary to protect them.

In fact, it is estimated that the seabed absorbs and stores 35 times more CO2 than any tropical forest. Algae are capable of producing more oxygen than trees, storing around 175 million tons of carbon per year. Especially in the UK, the seabed is the largest store of carbon. By removing it from the atmosphere, they help reduce CO2 levels, the main consequence of climate change.

Coral reefs and mangroves play a key role in preventing and reducing erosion. By reducing the impact of waves and currents, they provide vital protection in coastal areas. Economically, in the UK alone, they save up to 33.2 billion compared to alternatives. Seaweed on beaches provides nutrients in the dune zone. In addition, seabeds offer coastal areas greater protection against erosion.

Finally, the oceans help Net Zero, which is why the UK is investing for 2030. In this area, there are many pioneering tidal energy projects, producing 100% clean energy.