The opening lyrics in Bob Dylan's classic tune "The Times They Are A-Changin'" told us to acknowledge that the waters around us were quickly rising. And while Dylan was surely referring to the sociopolitical climate of the day, those words still ring true in the physical sense as well. Climate change and global warming — or whatever phrase you use for our planet's current ecological ailments — have generated much debate for the last several decades. These topics just seem to make some people, well, hot and bothered. Some choose to reject the notion that we're seeing fairly, if not very, rapid changes in climate, but unfortunately, the data say otherwise. And this phenomenon we're witnessing is directly linked to, if not driven by, what's going on in the earth's oceans.