WELLINGTON, March 23 (Xinhua) -- March 23 is the World Meteorological Day. This year's theme is "The ocean, our climate and weather". Covering some 70 percent of the Earth's surface, the ocean is a major driver of the world's weather and climate.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) highlighted on Monday the pivotal role of the ocean in driving the world's weather and climate and in anchoring the global economy and food security.
When it comes to the weather and climate, most of us think only about what is happening in the atmosphere. If we ignore the ocean, however, we miss a big piece of the picture.
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