It’s been a summer of record-breaking high temperatures around the globe. Photographs of parched, cracked soil, ranchers auctioning off cattle they can’t feed or water, and raging forest fires are daily reminders of the price the planet is paying for man’s addiction to fossil fuels.
Just how hot is it? May 2012 was the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire globe exceeded the 21st-century average. And in June, some 3,200-heat records were broken in the U.S. alone.
Sadly, the ocean is not immune to this heatwave. Fish populations are moving to get away from warmer waters. Coral reefs continue to die off at record pace. And bacteria, algae, and phytoplankton are all blooming in places they didn’t use to. Behold five impacts of warming temperatures on the ocean during the summer of 2012.
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