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Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic

Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions.  Oceans absorb more than 90% of the heat that results from greenhouse gases, so if you want to measure global warming you really have to measure ocean warming.  So oceans are key, and they are telling us a clear story. The last five years were the five hottest on record. The numbers are huge: in 2018 the extra ocean heat compared to a 1981-2010 baseline amounted to 196,700,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules. The current rate of ocean warming is equivalent to five Hiroshima-size atomic bombs exploding every second.  Read more...

 

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