Unprecedented high sea surface temperatures have emerged as a result of climate change, triggering alarm among scientists and meteorologists regarding the profound impact on fragile marine ecosystems.
The combination of human-induced climate change and natural phenomena, such as El Nino, has led to a significant rise in ocean temperatures during the spring, surpassing any previous records dating back to 1850.
As the summer progresses, scientists anticipate further temperature records to be shattered, exacerbating the situation.
In May, the North Atlantic temperature exceeded the 1961-1990 average by approximately 1.25 degrees Celsius, marking the highest anomaly for any month on record.
Moreover, the northeastern coast of England and the western region of Ireland have experienced temperatures several degrees above the normal range.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has classified portions of the North Sea as currently undergoing an “extreme” heatwave.
In addition to this, the Met Office has reported that Antarctic sea ice has reached exceptionally low levels, setting a new record for this time of year by a significant margin.
The intensifying heatwave poses a substantial threat to marine life and highlights the urgent need for comprehensive measures to address climate change and its repercussions on global ecosystems.