sea surface temperatures

Climate Blamed for Slow Growth of Great Barrier Reef Corals

Climate Blamed for Slow Growth of Great Barrier Reef Corals

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, January 9, 2009 (ENS) – Global warming is slowing the growth of corals on the world’s largest reef, Australian scientists have shown in a newly published study. “Evidence is strong that the decline has been caused by a combination of rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification,” say the scientists. Both phenomena…

One-Fifth of the World's Corals Are Dead: Climate Change to Blame

One-Fifth of the World's Corals Are Dead: Climate Change to Blame

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, December 10, 2008 (ENS) – The world has lost 19 percent of its coral reefs, according to the 2008 global update of the world’s reef status issued today. Climate change is considered the biggest threat to coral reefs. The main climate threats, such as increasing sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification, are…

Scientists Link Warmer Temperatures to Rainfall Extremes

Scientists Link Warmer Temperatures to Rainfall Extremes

MIAMI, Florida, August 7, 2008 (ENS) – The link between a warmer climate and more powerful rainstorms has been confirmed by scientists using both computer models and satellite observations gathered over a period of 20 years. Heavy rain events increase during warm periods and decrease during cold periods, according to the scientists in Florida and…