Just like heatwave induced wildfires are wiping out large areas of forests on land, ocean heatwaves are causing massive destruction inside the waters, killing a wide variety of marine animals and destroying kelp forests, scientists have warned.
The damage caused in these ocean hotspots is also harmful for humanity, which relies on the oceans for oxygen, food, storm protection and the removal of climate-warming carbon dioxide the atmosphere, they say.
As heatwaves have increased, kelp forests, seagrass meadows and coral reefs have been lost. These foundation species are critical to life in the ocean. They provide shelter and food to many others, but have been hit on coasts from California to Australia to Spain.