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Excessive temperatures unleash marine heatwave in Mediterranean Sea –

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.

The acute warmth in current weeks has already sparked wildfires and led to hundreds of heat-related deaths in Europe, however that heat hasn’t been restricted to the land.

The hotter air together with shifting ocean currents and a steady sea floor have warmed coastal Mediterranean waters a number of levels Celsius past the typical temperature of 24°C to 26°C for this time of yr.

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.

Spain’s ports’ authority mentioned in an announcement the water in Cabo de Gata, within the nation’s southeastern nook, registered a ten-year temperature file of practically 28°C on Monday.

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.

Ocean scientist Jean-Pierre Gattuso advised Reuters that water close to the French coastal metropolis of Good was measured at 29.2°C on June 25 – round 3.5°C larger in comparison with the identical day final yr.

“That is an absolute file since at the least 1994 and really probably earlier,” he mentioned.

“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.

This yr’s heatwave is worse.

“It’s [lasting] longer, and likewise the magnitude is bigger,” Gattuso mentioned. The die-offs “will in all probability come later in August.”



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