As a result of human activities, global warming is warming the Earth’s climate system. Climate change is changing our typical weather patterns extremely. And scientists say this is exposing our oceans to extremely high temperatures.
The planet is already experiencing more extreme weather conditions. With an increase in severe hurricanes, super typhoons and even the prospect of snowless winters, our planet is facing the brunt of the ongoing effects of climate change. In particular, temperatures in our oceans have reached an all-time high, threatening marine life.
How hot are our oceans?
According to a study published in the journal PLOS climate, more than half of the ocean has regularly exceeded historical temperature benchmarks since 2014, making extremely high temperatures the new norm. Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium say these warm temperatures are a result of climate change and human activity.
To conduct this research, scientists analyzed ocean temperatures over the past 150 years. During this period, sea temperatures reached an all-time high. In 2019, 57% of the global ocean surface was exposed to extreme heat. However, this number used to be significantly lower – only 2% of the sea surface was affected by these high temperatures in the late 19th century.
Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface, and over the past 50 years, 90% of the planet’s warming has come from the oceans, according to NOAA Climate.gov.
Scientists say rising sea temperatures are threatening marine ecosystems. Also, high sea temperatures could threaten food security and cause more extreme weather events that negatively impact coastal communities. and dr Kyle Van Houtan, leader of the research team for the Monterey Bay Aquarium study, says This risk not only affects marine life, but also humans.
“When marine ecosystems near the tropics are exposed to unbearably high temperatures, key organisms such as corals, seagrass beds or kelp forests can collapse,” says Van Houtan in a press release. “Changing the structure and function of ecosystems threatens their ability to provide life-sustaining services to human communities, such as supporting healthy and sustainable fisheries, buffering low-lying coastal regions from extreme weather events, and acting as a carbon sink to store the excess carbon that is lost is introduced into the ecosystems atmosphere by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.”
However, Van Houtan says these results are a “wake-up call” for people to respond to climate change. Also, this research is fueling the discourse on climate change that could facilitate change and lead to conservation efforts.
Human activities have caused sea temperatures to rise, but human activities can also cause them to decrease. Here’s how you can make a difference and help save marine life.
how can you help
1. Participate in a community cleanup
Community cleans and beach cleans are great ways to get involved. If you live near the water, gather friends, family, and volunteers to spend just a few hours picking up trash and recycling on the beach. This keeps litter out of the oceans and marine life.
If you’re not near the water, you can organize a clean at a local park or city hotspot. Make sure you gather supplies like reusable gloves and trash bags, and you’re good to go.
2. Travel sustainably
One of the many ways humans emit large amounts of greenhouse gases is through travel. Driving a car or even flying an airplane involves high emissions that are trapped in the atmosphere and warm the planet.
However, you can make more sustainable travel choices. For example, ride a bike when you are in the area or use public transport during rush hours. You can even opt for flights that offset carbon emissions. Whatever type of trip you choose, think about the planet.
3. Watch out for waste
We collect garbage a lot Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that. To reduce the amount of waste you produce in your daily life, limit the number of disposables you use. This includes plastic bottles, take-out containers, beauty products and more. Instead, replace them with reusable, sustainably made products.
You can also reduce your food waste by knowing how to keep fruits and vegetables fresh and composting organic materials. If you’re new to composting, you can start with a kitchen counter compost bin.
4. Stay informed
Climate anxiety is normal, although it can bring us down. Another easy way to make an impact is to keep up to date with current eco discussions.
Staying current on climate change issues can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make more environmentally conscious choices in your everyday life. Stay up to date on local climate policies and share your knowledge with others. A greener lifestyle means a greater climate-friendly impact.
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