Deadly ocean heatwaves were made over 50 times more likely by climate change, scientists report
A heatwave that struck a quarter of the world’s oceans in 2016 was made far more likely by climate change, according to a new study.
Nicknamed “the blob” when it appeared in the eastern Pacific, the mass of warm water was linked with the deaths of marine animals and the devastation of ecosystems.
Ocean water naturally goes through phases of higher temperatures – notably the event known as El Niño, which leads to periods of warmer water in the Pacific Ocean.
Climate change is also thought to contribute to some of this temperature fluctuation, but it can be difficult establishing the exact contribution it makes.
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