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The ocean is too hot

From Alaska to California, the temperature of the Pacific Ocean is well above average.

On 5 September, scientists of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography measured the temperature of the ocean at 25.8 degrees Celsius at La Jolla, California, which is the highest September value measured since the beginning of records in 1916. The absolute record high was measured in August 2018: the water was 26.3 degrees then, writes Forbes.

In many respects, the phenomenon resembles the 2014–2016 ocean heat wave known as ‘the Blob’, when very many marine animals were killed by the warm water – partly because they could not finds enough food in the warmer water.

In 2014–2015, thousands of sea lions died in Canada because they could not find enough healthy food in the unusually warm Pacific Ocean Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Forbes

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.

Oceans are warming at an alarming rate

If the current trend continues, oceanic wildlife is in grave danger.

Metropolises in danger

A report from the investment bank Goldman Sachs claims that climate change is putting the world’s cities in danger.

How climate change floods, melts and dries out Earth?

The most spectacular effects of climate change are associated with waters: as a result of global warming, glaciers melt, oceans rise, greater and greater floods threaten coast dwellers, while elsewhere, drought, desertification and water shortages cause great problems, as shown in these shocking photos.

Changing climate, changing world

The winning photos of the Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 Awards are painful reminders of the consequences of climate change and environmental destruction.