Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our oceans

It's been a while since I've brought you some environmental news simply because I've been fairly caught up in the health care upset here in the U.S. But I just came across a brief AP article that is very serious. It's entitled "Worlds oceans warmest on record this summer" and here are a few snippets:

Sea-surface temperatures worldwide have been the hottest on record over the last three months, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.
The report is based on data back to 1880.
Climate change has been raising the planet's average temperature steadily in recent decades. All of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1997.

This, of course, has implications for what ocean life can survive and where, for currents (like the Gulf Stream) and for sea ice.

And yet, the world's people (for the most part) just go on about their business with little to no conern and do not experience this as the truly urgent issue it really is.

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