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How fast will you need to flee from the heat? There's a word for that

Posted On: 27 May 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

Ocean creatures are finding themselves in hot water as the world warms. To stay cool, they're relocating to deeper parts of the ocean, and it's throwing ecosystems all out of whack .
A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change calculated how fast different layers of the ocean are heating up. Species are swimming to deeper waters to escape the heat at different rates, and the researchers warn that many sea dwellers like tuna, which rely on plankton at the water's surface for food, might struggle to adapt.
The study brought a new phrase into the news: climate velocity. It's basically the speed and direction that a given species will need to shift as their corner of the world heats up. Climate velocity has been in use in academic circles for more than a decade , but the study marks the first time the phrase made the headlines.
As climate change reshuffles life on earth, climate velocity applies up here on the surface, too. Warmer weather will drive animals seeking new homes into encounters with species...

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