Dig around the internet for anything related to science and research of climate change and you are guaranteed to come across some colorful ways scientists are articulating what’s happening on our planet. On a report-by-report basis, Earth is typically warming by something measured in “atomic bomb explosions” or any other expression that should grab the public’s attention. There’s value in putting their findings into terms the rest of us can wrap our minds around though.
A report from Princeton University researchers found that “business-as-usual global temperature increases” are setting up marine life for extinction events that would rival those that took dinosaurs off the planet millions of years ago. Then they made it feel a tad more urgent by pointing out this has the potential to happen by the end of the century. Because each species has its own physiological limits related to available oxygen levels, temperature, and other variables, ocean warming due to climate change is on a trajectory to overtake overfishing, transportation, development, and pollution as the greatest threat to marine life.