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State of the climate: Low sea ice and near-record warmth define 2019 to date

This year is shaping up to be the second warmest on record for most surface temperature datasets, behind only the super-El Niño year of 2016. This is... Read More

State of the climate | Oct 16. 2019.
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In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on the ocean and cryosphere

Earlier today in Monaco, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing... Read More

IPCC | Sep 25. 2019.
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Explainer: How climate change is accelerating sea level rise

Sea level rise (SLR) is one of the most severe impacts of climate change, with rising waters threatening to inundate small-island nations and coastal... Read More

Sea level rise | Sep 23. 2019.
National Flood Emergency Response in Pakistan. A family crosses the flooded streets of Pakistan.

Global sea level rise began accelerating ‘30 years earlier’ than previously thought

Global sea level rise began to accelerate in the 1960s, 30 years earlier than suggested by previous assessments, a new study finds. ... Read More

Sea level rise | Aug 5. 2019.
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Analysis: Major update to ocean-heat record could shrink 1.5C carbon budget

The UK’s Met Office recently released “HadSST4”, the largest update since 2011 to its widely used sea surface temperature (SST) record. ... Read More

Ocean warming | Jun 27. 2019.
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Climate change is driving plankton towards the poles, study says

Communities of zooplankton – microscopic drifting animals that underpin marine ecosystems – are migrating poleward in response to climate change,... Read More

Marine life | May 22. 2019.
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State of the climate: Heat across Earth's surface and oceans mark early 2019

Global surface temperatures in 2019 are on track to be either the second or third warmest since records began in the mid-1800s, behind only 2016 and... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 23. 2019.
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Bottlenose dolphin numbers declined by ‘12%’ following marine heatwave

An unprecedented spell of marine heat in Shark Bay, Australia, caused bottlenose dolphin numbers to decline for the following six years, a study... Read More

Marine life | Apr 1. 2019.
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Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2019 is seventh lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.78m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 March. It is the joint seventh smallest... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 20. 2019.
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Ocean warming has caused ‘sustainable’ fish stocks to drop by 4% since 1930s

Warming of the world’s oceans has caused the total amount of fish that can be caught sustainably to fall by an average of 4% globally since the... Read More

Marine life | Feb 28. 2019.
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Studies shed new light on Antarctica’s future contribution to sea level rise

A widely reported study in 2016 that suggested Antarctica could add more than a metre to sea levels by 2100 was likely an “overestimate”, new... Read More

Sea level rise | Feb 6. 2019.
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