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Guest post: The threat of high-probability ocean ‘tipping points’

Climate change is profoundly altering our oceans and marine ecosystems. Some of these changes are happening quickly and are potentially irreversible.... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 23. 2021.
Dead Vlei tree with mirage, Nambia.

Guest post: Why does land warm up faster than the oceans?

Last year, global temperatures were 0.95C warmer than the 20th century average. Human activity is responsible for around 100% of this warming. Del... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 1. 2020.
Unseasonably warm weather as the morning sun rises over the historic landmarks along the promenade in Southport on Merseyside, UK. 2 January 2020. Credit: KeyWorded / Alamy Stock Photo

State of the climate: First quarter of 2020 is second warmest on record

This year is shaping up to be one of the warmest years on record – if not the warmest. This is particularly noteworthy because 2020 is likely ... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 20. 2020.

Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2019

Last year saw the rise of climate change protests, with Greta Thunberg, school strikes and Extinction Rebellion generating global news coverage. T... Read More

Features | Jan 14. 2020.
The coast of Jameson land on the edge of Scoresbysund, North East Greenland Credit: BIOSPHOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

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 c... Read More

IPCC | Sep 25. 2019.
Sunset over the Mediterranean sea. Credit: Jacopo Ventura / Alamy Stock Photo.

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. The n... Read More

Ocean warming | Jun 27. 2019.
Sun rays filtering through a row of trees, Kappel, Switzerland. Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo. FJBXTK

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 p... Read More

State of the climate | Apr 23. 2019.
Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncates). Credit: Brad Leue / Alamy Stock Photo.

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 finds... Read More

Marine life | Apr 1. 2019.
Atlantic cod swimming off Rockall, UK. Credit: Paulo Oliveira / Alamy Stock Photo. RB1DGJ

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 1930... Read More

Marine life | Feb 28. 2019.
The deployment of the first OSNAP science mooring, named 'IC0', which measured water column properties on the western flank of the Reykjanes Ridge as part of the OSNAP array. July 2014. Credit: Credit: Heather Furey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Major study uncovers ‘sea change’ in world’s understanding of Atlantic conveyor belt

An international research programme has uncovered data that could transform scientists’ understanding of the Atlantic Ocean current – a circulatio... Read More

Oceans | Jan 31. 2019.

State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2018

The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed. In this articl... Read More

State of the climate | Jan 17. 2019.
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