When it comes to discussions of climate change, much of the debate is focused on that small part of the globe that is – for now, at least – dry land: the impact on cities on or near coastlines; dealing with droughts associated with altered weather patterns; reduced habitat for wild plants and animals; and shifting climate zones for food crops.
For the most part, the ocean gets the attention that is its due only at times when it comes crashing, uninvited, onto coasts, where – as has recently happened in Hawai`i – it takes out roads, undermines buildings, and erodes beaches.
But . . .
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