Tag: oceans

Rapid heating of Indian Ocean worsening cyclones, say scientists

Rising ocean temperatures caused by climate crisis are increasing number of cyclones and intensity of storms, say experts India’s cyclone season is being made more intense by the rapidly heating Indian Ocean, scientists have warned. Last week, India was battered by Cyclone Tauktae, an unusually strong cyclone in the Arabian Sea, resulting in widespread disruption. […]

Blue cushion sea stars, short-nosed snakes and sea slugs: 21 days beneath the Timor sea – in pictures

In April, documentary photographer and film-maker Conor Ashleigh walked the gangplank of the research vessel Falkor (RV Falkor) in Darwin to begin a 21-day journey as part of an expedition with the Schmidt Ocean Institute. Having never spent more than a day or two at sea, Ashleigh felt as though he were heading into the […]

Sea levels are going to rise by at least 2ft. We can do something about it | Harold R Wanless

To avoid the grimmest outlook posed by warming oceans, we need to extract heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather – that much is widely understood. […]

The Rise and Fall of the “Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation”

Two decades ago, in an interview with science journalist Richard Kerr for the journal Science, I coined the term the “Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation” (AMO) to describe an internal oscillation in the climate system resulting from interactions between North Atlantic ocean currents and wind patterns. These interactions were thought to lead to alternating decades-long intervals of […]