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Ocean warming has caused ‘sustainable’ fish stocks to drop by 4% since 1930s

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State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2018

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Guest post: Observations and models agree that the oceans are warming faster

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Natural ocean fluctuations could help explain Antarctic sea ice changes

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