“If you put a dollar sign on it, what is the value of Antarctica?” Professor King said.
“To the planet, there’s more than just numbers and we don’t want to put just dollar values on all of nature, but the Southern Ocean absorbs so much carbon dioxide that if you priced it at European prices for carbon, it’s worth about $250 billion AUD a year.
“It’s a huge amount of carbon that’s being sucked up by the Southern Ocean and stored at the bottom of the ocean and locked away.”
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