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Unprecedented Increase in World Ocean Surface Temperatures Raises Alarms Among Experts
By Sea and Coast | 08/08/2023
Data from the European Union's climate observatory reveals that on July 30th, the surface temperature of oceans reached an unprecedented 20.96 degrees Celsius (69.7 degrees Fahrenheit), surpassing all previous records. The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service confirmed this alarming temperature reading, emphasizing the urgent need to address this trend.
The previous record of 20.95 degrees Celsius set in March 2016 has been broken, showing a faster rate of change. It's worth noting that polar regions were not included in these temperature measurements. Nonetheless, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also been tracking a similar trend in recent months, demonstrating a consistent rise in ocean surface temperatures.
According to NOAA data, the average sea surface temperature reached a new high of 21.06 degrees Celsius on April 4th of this year, breaking the previous record of 21.01 degrees Celsius set in March 2016. The average temperature on August 1st was 21.03 degrees Celsius, demonstrating the continuous nature of this temperature spike.
Scientific research has established that human-generated excess heat, primarily from greenhouse gas emissions resulting from fossil fuel combustion, has been absorbed by the world's oceans, accounting for 90% of this heat accumulation since the industrial era began. This rise in ocean temperatures is a direct consequence of these actions, with significant implications.
The unsettling trend of rising ocean temperatures has persisted since April, consistently exceeding seasonal norms. This alarming development poses a serious threat to marine life and coastal communities reliant on healthy oceans for their livelihoods and sustenance.
Piers Forster, a notable figure at the International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, stressed the severity of the situation, citing coral bleaching in Florida as a direct consequence and anticipating further repercussions.
As the global community confronts the urgency of addressing climate change, the milestone of ocean temperature rise serves as a stark reminder of the critical challenges ahead. The oceans, integral in regulating Earth's climate, are sounding an urgent call for immediate action to safeguard the planet's future.