Ocean negative carbon emissions: A new UN Decade program

Liu, Jihua, Robinson, Carol ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3033-4565, Wallace, Douglas, Legendre, Louis and Jiao, Nianzhi (2022) Ocean negative carbon emissions: A new UN Decade program. The Innovation, 3 (5). ISSN 2666-6758

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Abstract

The Paris Agreement sets the target to limit increases in mean global temperature to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared with preindustrial levels. Carbon neutrality is the preferred route to reach this target.1 This requires primarily a reduction of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere but also an increase of carbon sinks or negative emissions (absorption of atmospheric CO2). The ocean is the largest active carbon pool on Earth, acting as the key regulator to global climate change, and thus has great potential for carbon negative emission.2,3 Recent research demonstrates that the ocean has already absorbed approximately 28% of anthropogenic CO2 since the Industrial Revolution,4,5 which indicates that ocean negative carbon emissions could potentially have an important role in achieving the 1.5°C or 2.0°C goal. Given the urgency and seriousness of the ongoing climate change, it is therefore imperative to explore the potential of enhancing ocean carbon sinks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2022 09:31
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2022 08:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/88020
DOI: 10.1016/j.xinn.2022.100302

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