Oceans: temperatures keep rising

Ocean temperatures have reached unprecedented and historical levels, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA has revealed that, in August 2014, global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.4°F).

The historic number means that the rise in the temperature of the oceans is deeply affecting the health of marine ecosystems.

This record high departure from average not only beats the previous August record set in 2005 by 0.08°C (0.14°F), but also beats the previous all-time record set just two months ago in June 2014 by 0.03°C (0.05°F).

Simultaneously, the global ocean surface temperature observed between June–August period was 0.63°C (1.13°F) above the 20th century average, the highest on record for the period. This beats the previous record set in 2009 by 0.04°C (0.07°F).

The global land surface temperature was 0.99°C (1.78°F) above the 20th century average of 13.8°C (56.9°F), the second highest on record for August, behind 1998.

In other words, Planet Earth is clearly heating up. It's up to everyone to take action and help reducing the impact of climate change, with daily eco-friendly practices.

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