The UN's IPCC report said climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying.
Detailed plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and concrete commitments to invest in a sustainable blue economy are what’s needed, United Nations’ Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson said in an interview.
“You can't have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean,” he said.
Ongoing changes to the ocean include warming, marine heatwaves, acidification and reduced oxygen levels.
Officials attending the COP26 climate summit need to increase their ambition, he said.