8 Aug 2023

The threat of melting sea ice and marine heatwaves in the Antarctic

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

It’s as stark a warning as you can get – the sea ice is melting and marine heatwaves are making some oceans as hot as a relaxing bath.

Except there is nothing relaxing about sea temperatures in the Antarctic 38.5 degrees above normal.

The warming trend is now well established.

As is the cascade of events – all outlined in a report published today by the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science.