Thursday, 1 March 2012
A third of the CO2 humans are putting into the atmosphere has entered the ocean.
80% of the extra heat being created by climate change has been absorbed by the ocean
About 250 million years ago the ocean's oxygen ran out. More than 90% of the species alive then, died.
Plankton produce half the oxygen we breathe.
For the vast majority of the earth's 4.5 billion year history the ocean was the only place in which there was life.
Early stage foetuses depend on amniotic fluid that is a chemical replica of the marine world.
*These come from Alanna Mitchell's Seasick (Oneworld Publications, 2009)