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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

COP15 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (Kunming 2020) (debate)

  Petros Kokkalis (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, Mr Commissioner, today this House overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Commission’s communication on the European Green Deal. In this proposal, the Commission promises to analyse the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on oceans and propose measures in the maritime area. A week ago, a report published in the Journal of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences confirmed that in the past 30 years the oceans are heating 450% faster than they were in the previous 20 years. The oceans, of course, retain 90% of the excessive anthropogenic heat in the atmosphere. The amount of excess heat absorbed by the oceans in these past 25 years equals 3.6 billion Hiroshima bombs.

As far as we know, the oceans are home to somewhere between half a million and 10 million marine species – in fact, the greatest habitat of biodiversity on our planet. In our resolution today we urge the Commission to give the Green Deal a blue dimension. I ask you, Commissioner, to finally put together a true European Blue Deal. It’s high time we took care of the high seas.

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