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Oceans Are 'Spiking a Fever' With Record Heat Waves


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SOURCE: https://www.wired.com/story/oceans-are-spiking-a-fever-with-record-heat-waves/
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This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.The number of heat waves affecting the planet’s oceans has increased sharply, scientists have revealed, killing swathes of sea life like “wildfires that take out huge areas of forest.” The damage caused in these hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and the removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide the atmosphere, they say.Global warming is gradually increasing the average temperature of the oceans, but the new research is the first systematic global analysis of ocean heat waves, when temperatures reach extremes for five days or more.The research found heat waves are becoming more frequent, prolonged and severe, with the number of heat wave days tripling in the last couple of years studied. They provide shelter and food to many others, but have been hit on coasts from California to Australia to Spain.“You have heat wave-induced wildfires that take out huge areas of forest, but this is happening underwater as well,” said Dan Smale at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, UK, who led the research published in Nature Climate Change.

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