World Ocean Day

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This week the world has celebrated World Oceans Day.

On 8th June, hundreds of events took place around the world to celebrate our oceans and reflect on how to best to protect them.

This year, the focus was on calling for world leaders to commit to protecting 30% of our oceans by 2030.

There’s a hope that if this happens it’ll help combat climate change and protect marine biodiversity.

What is World Oceans Day?

On 8 June every year since 1992 the United Nations has run a special day marking the importance of the ocean called World Oceans Day.

Events to mark the day take place all over the world with 144 countries taking part.

Each year the day is given a theme. In 2019, the focus was on gender and the ocean.

What are the issues?

According to recent research, oceans across the world have reached record temperatures.

Seas are now warmer than any other time in recorded human history. Scientist have confirmed the link between the increase in temperature and global warming.

Rising temperatures cause the ice caps to melt and this then leads to sea levels rising all over the world.

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