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How much would it cost to buy the ocean? - Astrid J. Hsu


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Surveying his vast domain, Poseidon considers retirement. What if someone else donned the coral crown so he could spend his immortality harmonizing with whales and cozying up to hydrothermal vents? Poseidon decides he needs to prioritize himself for once. So, he summons his accountant and asks: how much could he sell the ocean for? Astrid J. Hsu conducts a financial analysis of our oceans’ worth.

The ocean absorbs around ___ of human-generated carbon dioxide and has taken in more than ___ of excess heat.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Astrid J. Hsu
  • Director Igor Coric
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Composer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Sound Designer Cem Misirlioglu
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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