The West Coast of the U.S. is in Hot Water

Move over polar bears. Are starving sea lion pups the new face of climate change?

This year’s slew of hungry pups washing ashore in California, which has generated a slew of media coverage replete with heart-tugging images, has roots in natural temperature fluctuations in the ocean. But in the coming decades, human-induced warming could make these types of conditions more common. And sea lion pups are just the tip of a larger shift in the Pacific and the rest of the world’s oceans if human emissions continue to warm the planet.


Scott Ableman (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)