TWO articles that are a cause of utmost anxiety about the environment were published last week. First, temperatures in the Arctic have been so much above the average that it is “altering the ecology of the Arctic Ocean on a huge scale”.
This is likely to have a profound effect on animals in the higher food chain, including birds, seals, polar bears and whales. Although what this exactly looks like for the future is still uncertain, there is enough cause for concern.
In the other article, “Heat kills vast stretch of Australia’s coral”, scientists said up to hundreds of miles of the Great Barrier Reef had suffered the worst coral die-off recorded after being bathed this year in warm waters that bleached and then weakened the coral.
It is said to be the third such bleaching event known to strike the…