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Silent Services of the World Ocean

We may not think of the ocean as a “service provider,” but in fact human life is supported in myriad — though largely invisible — ways by the global ocean. Whether providing a source of food for millions of people worldwide, or acting as the globe’s largest carbon sink, the ocean sustains human life as we know it. As the ocean warms, its ability to provide these services is increasingly threatened. While the vastness of the ocean may blind us to its fragility, the changes steadily taking place below its surface are certain to be felt by humans in the coming decades and centuries.

Thomas F. Stocker

Science (Vol 350, Issue 6262), November 13, 2015

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