Ocean hot-spots killing Pacific

Map of ocean temperature

Hot spots in the North Pacific wreak havoc on marine life

Research released this week reveals that massive blobs of hot water have moved around the Pacific Ocean, since 2011, killing marine ecosystems in their wake.

Last year, thousands of seals, whales and starfish died on the West Coast of North America, due to the disruption of ecosystems as the result of warm water. This year the largest “hot blob” has moved to Mexico, causing similar devastation there.

The same phenomenon is behind the three systems that caused major marine death incidents off the Australian Coast earlier this year. Near death incidents have damaged beyond repair: the Great Barrier Reef; a huge kelp forest in the Coral Sea and the mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/08/15/are-climate-related-hot-blobs-spreading-and-killing-marine-life-worldwide

 

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