Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Climate Change

  The ocean and atmosphere work together creating the world’s climate. When people burn coal and other fossil fuels for energy, excess carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted into the atmosphere. Higher amounts of CO2 cause more heat to be absorbed and trapped in the atmosphere, increasing the average global temperature. A lot of this extra heat and CO2 is being absorbed by the oceans, leading to ocean temperature and chemistry changes. These changes affect ocean habitats and marine life, from the tiniest plankton to the biggest whales.

This animated map shows an alarming change in sea levels over the last 23 years
Video courtesy of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Do you know your footprint? Do you know your ecological footprint?
Ecological footprints is a quick measure of how many "Earths" it takes to support your lifestyle. Calculate your Ecological Footprint.

Conservation Tip: Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use, this cuts down on the amount of fossil fuels needed for energy and will help you save money on your electricity bill.