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What's happening to the ocean?

Are we turning the oceans into warm, noisy, uninhabitable bodies of acid? The short answer is, yes — but there's still hope.

  1. 9:03
    Triona McGrath How pollution is changing the ocean's chemistry

    As we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, more of it is dissolving into the oceans, leading to drastic changes in the water's chemistry. Triona McGrath researches this process, known as ocean acidification, and in this talk she takes us for a dive into an oceanographer's world. Learn more about how the "evil twin of climate change" is impacting the ocean — and the life that depends on it.

  2. 11:51
    Kate Stafford How human noise affects ocean habitats

    Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances — and climate change and human noise alter the environment in ways we don't understand. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we might do to protect it.

  3. 15:09
    Dee Boersma Pay attention to penguins

    Think of penguins as ocean sentinels, says Dee Boersma — they're on the frontlines of sea change. Sharing stories of penguin life and culture, she suggests that we start listening to what penguins are telling us.

  4. 18:19
    Jeremy Jackson How we wrecked the ocean

    In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case.

  5. 16:13
    Brian Skerry The ocean's glory — and horror

    Photographer Brian Skerry shoots life above and below the waves — as he puts it, both the horror and the magic of the ocean. Sharing amazing, intimate shots of undersea creatures, he shows how powerful images can help make change.