United Nations report links warming of oceans and polar regions to health effects

September 25, 2019

The impact of climate change on the oceans and the coldest regions of the Earth is set to have a profound effect on people no matter where they live, a new UN report suggests. The findings focus specifically on climate change in the oceans and cryosphere (a collective term for the frozen parts of the planet). 

2017 Wall Scholar William Cheung, who was quoted by the Globe and Mail, noted that the problem could be particularly acute in coastal regions in the tropics, as sea life shifts in response to warming surface waters, but it will also have an impact on fishing communities, including Indigenous communities, in the North.