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Ocean Conditions: William Cheung and British Columbia

ocean conditions: That's what William Cheung, one of the Canadian authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, told National Observer in a phone interview from Monaco, where scientists gathered Wednesday to release staggering findings about the impacts of human activity on the state of the oceans and the cryosphere, the ecological realm of sea ice, snow and glaciers, according to National Observer. Don't miss out on the latest news Sign up for our daily briefing Under high-emissions scenarios, we're looking at unprecedented changes in ocean conditions, said Cheung, the Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change at the University of British Columbia. Now, marine life is migrating toward the poles in search of cooler waters and suitable areas to survive a migration set to disrupt the Earth's ecosystems as we know them. This will implicate people who rely on our fisheries systems, especially Indigenous people who rely on marine species for food, livelihood and culture, he said. Only federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna responded, with a brief statement acknowledging the validity of the report's findings on Twitter before celebrating National Tree Day Another scientific assessment of the devastating impacts of climate change specifically on oceans and ice. Overall, the picture does not look good. ; By Wednesday afternoon, none of the four major party leaders had publicly commented on the report and its urgent recommendations. ( As reported in the news.