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Earth's oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating

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Posted in Science on 12th Mar, 2017 11:24 PM by Alex Muller

New research has convincingly quantified how much the Earth has warmed over the past 56 years. Human activities utilize fossil fuels for many beneficial purposes but have an undesirable side effect of adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at ever-increasing rates.

 

That increase - of over 40%, with most since 1980 - traps heat in the Earth’s system, warming the entire planet. 

 
But how fast is the Earth warming and how much will it warm in the future? Those are the critical questions we need to answer if we are going to make smart decisions on how to handle this issue. 
 
At any time the direct effect of this blanket is small, but the accumulated effects are huge and have consequences for our weather and climate. Over 90% of the extra heat ends up in the ocean and hence perhaps the most important measurements of global warming are made in the oceans. 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2017-03-13
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The argument that scientific evidence supporting substantial and fast acceleration in global warming owing to fossil fuels should now be fully accepted if this planet is to sustain its inhabitants - urgent! Reply


 

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