Pandora’s Box: Emerging Threats to Climate Stability

January 3, 2023

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Ocean Surface Microlayer Breakdown

The greenhouse effect is what regulates the temperature of our planet. It helps retain the Sun’s heat and keeps the planet habitable, but excessive greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere can drive rapid global warming. Excess anthropogenic CO2 is currently the main driver of global warming, but only the second most important factor in how much of the Sun’s energy is retained, and at least 75% of the greenhouse effect is regulated by ocean-derived water vapor in the atmosphere.

Teaser photo credit: Phytoplankton (diatoms under the microscope, one of the most common types of phytoplanton. By Prof. Gordon T. Taylor, Stony Brook University – corp2365, NOAA Corps Collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=246319

Ben Shread-Hewitt

Ben is a Polycrisis researcher who studies the feedback loops between change in ecological, political, and economic systems. He currently works at the Climate Bonds Initiative, where he is building financial networks to drive forward climate action and combat fossil fuel proliferation.

He has an MSc in Sustainability, Planning, and Environmental Policy. Find him on TwitterLinkedIn, and Medium.

Tags: environmental effects of climate change, ocean health