Excessive temperatures throughout Europe this month have unleashed a protracted marine heatwave within the Mediterranean Sea that would ravage ecosystems and kill off a number of species within the coming weeks, scientists have warned.
Waters between Spain’s Balearic Islands and the Italian coast have been as much as 5°C hotter than on the identical time final yr, Spain’s AMET climate company mentioned Friday (29 July) – whereas additionally warning that temperatures across the Spanish coast can be 3°C to 4°C larger till at the least mid-August.
Marine heatwaves, that are far much less researched than heatwaves on land, have gotten extra frequent resulting from local weather change, including strain to ecosystems already struggling from over-fishing and plastic air pollution.
“The ocean and sea are form of a sponge for the warmth,” Gattuso defined. Marine heatwaves additionally struck the Mediterranean in 2015 to 2019, resulting in mass die-offs of marine life, based on a examine this week from Spain’s Institute of Marine Sciences.