A new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) involving more than 80 scientists from a dozen countries says that soaring ocean temperatures are adversely affecting marine life.
The soaring temperature of the oceans is the “greatest hidden challenge of our generation” that is altering the make-up of marine species, shrinking fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of ocean warming.
The scale of warming in the ocean, which covers around 70% of the planet, is “truly staggering”, the report states. The upper few metres of ocean have warmed by around 0.13C a decade since the start of the 20th century, with a 1-4C increase in global ocean warming by the end of this century.
Warming is already causing fish, seabirds, sea turtles, jellyfish and other species to change their behaviour and habitat, it says. Species are fleeing to the cooler poles, away from the equator, at a rate that is up to five times faster than the shifts seen by species on land.
Seth Meyers looks at the problem created by Republicans going into complete denial mode when it comes to climate change despite the mounting evidence that it is a matter of grave and immediate concern. This attitude is perplexing in that climate change is not something that strikes such an emotional chord that one would expect ordinary people to have a strong ideological commitment to denying.
But thanks to the Republican party’s relentless assault on the idea as some kind of global conspiracy to somehow undermine the US, it has become litmus test for conservatism, like hostility to immigrants and opposition to abortion and same sex marriage.