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The oceans and our climate

Key messages The oceans are a major influence on global and Australian climate. The oceans currently store over 93% of increased heat accumulating in the Earth’s climate system. Warming oceans and loss of mass from glaciers and ice sheets are causing sea level to rise. Ocean acidification is an inevitable consequence of rising atmospheric carbon […]
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Ocean changes to come

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