This week unprecedented temperatures driven by climate change shattered heat records around the world. Scientists say 2023 is set to be one of the warmest years in the history of planet Earth. “We can’t stop global warming at this point.” “All we can do is try to stop it short of the place where it cuts civilizations off at the knees.”
It looks like 40% of the Earth’s seas are now going through what the oceanographers call marine heat waves. That means widespread bleaching of coral. We forget sometimes we call the planet Earth, but if we were honest, we’d probably call it Ocean, because that’s 70% of the planet’s surface. And the damage there is extraordinary. Sea temperatures are not just a little bit higher than they’ve ever been before. They’re not off the charts. They’re off the wall the chart is tacked to.