Florida's Ocean Temperature Hits Record High, Puts Marine Life in Peril

The ocean temperature around the Florida Keys has reached unprecedented levels, with readings as high as 101.19F (38.43C).

Rising temperatures are severely stressing coral reefs, which are vital to marine ecosystems and human food supplies.

The warmer water around Florida could supercharge tropical storms and hurricanes, making them more destructive and deadly.

Heatwaves are increasingly affecting the world's oceans, destroying kelp, seagrass, and corals and killing swathes of sea life like "wildfires that take out huge areas of forest".

The high temperatures also pose a threat to human food supplies and livelihoods for those whose work is tied to the water, such as fishing boat captains.

The United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported that global sea temperatures have reached monthly record highs since May, driven in part by an El Nino event.

Governments, businesses, and individuals must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adopt sustainable practices, and reduce their carbon footprint to limit the rising ocean heat.

By reducing energy consumption, eating a plant-based diet, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable transportation, individuals can help mitigate the effects of climate change on our oceans.

Protecting and restoring ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands, is also critical to mitigating climate change and its effects on our oceans.

The record-breaking ocean temperatures in Florida are a stark reminder of the urgent need to take action on climate change and its far-reaching impacts.

Let's work together towards a more sustainable future for ourselves and future generations by understanding the causes and impacts of ocean heatwaves and taking action to reduce our carbon footprint.