Edition: International | Greek
MENU

Home » Analyses

New research shows the Atlantic Ocean just had its hottest decade in 3000 years

This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in nearly three full millennia

By: EBR - Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020

Ocean temperatures are known to rise and fall, but this recent spike falls outside of scope of natural patterns.
Ocean temperatures are known to rise and fall, but this recent spike falls outside of scope of natural patterns.

by Dan Robitzski*

Hot pot

This past decade has been the Atlantic Ocean’s warmest in nearly three full millennia.

Oceanic temperatures tend to rise and fall in a cyclical pattern over decades and even centuries. But the recent spikes in temperature are well beyond the scope of that natural pattern, Earther reports. It’s a dire sign for the state of the oceans, in part because rising temperatures are linked to increasingly-severe hurricanes.

Fossil record

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Quebec were able to track the Atlantic’s fluctuating temperature back about 2,900 years by studying sediment cores in the Canadian Arctic, which fluctuate along with temperature, according to research published in the journal PNAS.

 

 

The cores showed the regular rise and fall of Atlantic temperatures, but they also showed that in recent decades there’s been an unprecedented increase in the speed at which the ocean is heating up.

Boiling up

The team’s study didn’t seek to identify the causes of the temperature changes, but given that the recent increases are well beyond normal fluctuations, all signs point to global climate change.

Rising temperatures in the Atlantic can mean even worse storm seasons and mass extinction — and unfortunately, according to this study, the problem is continuing to get worse.

*Journalist, Futurism
**first published in: www.weforum.org

READ ALSO

EU Actually

Greenpeace rings emergency bell for nature, climate and small farms

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

While the Council of the EU heralds that its negotiating position on the post 2020 common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package puts forward strong commitments from member states for higher environmental ambition, Greenpeace let us know that the European Parliament has ‘signed a death sentence for nature, climate and small farms’

View 03/2020 2020 Digital edition

Magazine

Current Issue

03/2020 2020

View past issues
Subscribe
Advertise
Digital edition

Europe

Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

Digital: The EU must set the standards for regulating online platforms, say MEPs

Parliament calls for future-proof rules on digital services, including online platforms and marketplaces, and for a binding mechanism to tackle illegal content online

Business

EU countries must match promises with policy on wind power, industry says

EU countries must match promises with policy on wind power, industry says

EU member states must introduce policies to support their wind power ambitions, according to industry lobby group WindEurope

MARKET INDICES

Powered by Investing.com
All contents © Copyright EMG Strategic Consulting Ltd. 1997-2020. All Rights Reserved   |   Home Page  |   Disclaimer  |   Website by Theratron