The oceans have reached their highest-ever recorded temperature, which has concerning implications for the health of our planet. Oceans play a crucial role in regulating the Earth’s temperature by absorbing heat, generating half of the planet’s oxygen, and influencing weather patterns.
This week, the global average daily sea surface temperature reached 20.96°C, significantly above the average for this time of year. This temperature surpasses the previous record set in 2016.
The warmer waters have a reduced capacity to absorb carbon dioxide, which is released from greenhouse gas emissions. This means that more carbon dioxide will remain in the atmosphere, contributing to further warming of the planet.
Moreover, warmer waters can accelerate the melting of glaciers and their flow into the ocean, leading to rising sea levels.
The impact is not only limited to the environment; marine life is also heavily affected. Warmer waters can disrupt ecosystems, threaten biodiversity, and harm marine species.
The rising ocean temperatures highlight the urgent need for global action to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Protecting our oceans and mitigating climate change are essential for the well-being of our planet and all its inhabitants.