Bad news for the oceans and the entire world – according to the NOAA, the U.S. experienced record-high temperatures in 2012.
As you also know, there were several terrible storms and a severe drought that occurred throughout the year. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be seeing ever increasing instances of these weather phenomena thanks to increasing global temperatures, according to the NOAA:
Last year’s record temperature is “clearly symptomatic of a changing climate,” said Thomas R. Karl, who directs NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Americans can now see the sustained warmth over the course of their own lifetimes — “something we haven’t seen before.” He added, “That doesn’t mean every season and every year is going to be breaking all-time records, but you’re going to see this with increasing frequency.”
But you may ask, “How does this affect the oceans?” The answer is pretty simple: with increasing global temperatures, the oceans eventually begin to warm up. As the ocean temperatures warm, they become more acidic, which harms sensitive coral reefs and invertebrates like plankton, which are the backbone of oceanic food chains. With mass die-offs in the ocean, deaths on land masses is sure to follow.
This isn’t going to happen in 10 years, but we are really going to start seeing the effects of this change in global temperature by the end of the century. It’s not going to be a great world to live in if we don’t start taking the steps today to curb our carbon emissions and protect our natural bounty.