The oceans are warming 40% faster than predicted just a few years ago.
That finding is contained in a new study published January 11 in the journal Science.
For those of you interested in hearing more about this report, Zeke Hausfather, an energy systems analyst at the independent climate research group Berkeley Earth and an author of the study, tells the New York Times, “2018 is going to be the warmest year on record for the Earth’s oceans.
Oceans are really the best thermometer we have for changes in the Earth.”
Actually, the researchers say the oceans absorb 93% of the heat from the sun.
“If the ocean wasn’t absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now,” says Malin L. Pinsky, an associate professor in the department of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University.
“In fact, the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now.”
Measuring the temperature of the oceans is really, really hard.
Few people realize that much of the increase in ocean levels so far has been caused by one of the laws of nature.
That means most of the rise in water levels recorded to date is due to warmer oceans.
Warmer oceans have implications far beyond more powerful storms and the loss of coral reefs.
Dr. Pinsky at Rutgers says, “As the ocean heats up, it’s driving fish into new places, and we’re already seeing that that’s driving conflict between countries.
Is there nothing in the human psyche that permits reason to override fear of our own species?
Even in the face of these latest findings, Zeke Hausfather is cautiously optimistic, saying efforts to mitigate global warming, including the 2015 Paris climate agreement, will help.
One rational strategy going forward would be to stop electing politicians who propagate the lies about how climate science is all a bunch of hooey designed to destroy the free enterprise system.
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