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One Planet: The World's Oceans Hit Record Temperatures in 2019

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Fish swim over the reef at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, off the coast of Savannah, Ga.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about the impact of climate change on ocean temperatures. According to a new study published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Science, the world's oceans hit record temperatures in 2019, with the last decade being the warmest on record.

According to the study's lead author, the amount of heat we have put in the world's oceans in the past 25 years equals 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom bomb explosions. What are the consequences of a warming ocean?


Dr. John Abraham,  professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering in St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Becca Selden, associate professor of biological sciences at Wellesley College

Web Resources: 

The Guardian:Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall

The Guardian: Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

NPR: Alaska Cod Fishery Closes And Industry Braces For Ripple Effect

InsideClimate News: Ocean Warming Is Speeding Up, with Devastating Consequences, Study Shows

Science Friday: Interpret The Impacts Of Rising Ocean Temperatures On Ecosystems

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.