Oceans heating faster than previously thought

Among the painful changes India may have to make is to shut coal plants before the end of their economic lives

The researchers reported in the journal Nature Nov. 1 that the world's oceans took up more than 13 zettajoules - which is a joule, the standard unit of energy, followed by 21 zeroes - of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016. In fact, it's 60% higher than we thought so far.

This new reality suggests that it is even more unlikely that global warming will remain below the maximum of 2 degrees Celsius established in the Paris agreement.

A new report revealed that the ocean is absorbing more heat that can be transferred back to the atmosphere any time.

"We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of [carbon dioxide] that we emitted", one of the report's authors, Princeton geoscientist Laure Resplandy.

Scientists like Resplandy are always looking for better data and more precise measurements.

Since 2007, scientists have been able to rely on a system of nearly 4,000 Argo floats that record temperature and salinity in the oceans around the world.

"These estimates all use the same imperfect ocean dataset", they wrote. What's more, the Argo floats don't track much of what happened before 2007.

More news: Suns buying out Tyson Chandler

"Imagine if the ocean was only 30 feet deep", said Resplandy, who was a postdoctoral researcher at Scripps. The researchers used a different way to measure ocean warmth, "an independent estimate by using measurements of atmospheric oxygen and carbon dioxide-levels of which increase as the ocean warms and releases gases-as a whole-ocean thermometer".

The team analyzed oxygen levels in the ocean and carbon dioxide (CO2) at three locations in the lower, middle and upper part of the Earth: the tip of Tasmania in Cape Grim, La Jolla, California, and Alert, Canada, only 800 kilometres from the north pole. If oceans rise faster than forecast, that represents more of an immediate threat to low-lying communities.

The result, the paper's authors said, "suggests that ocean warming is at the high end of previous estimates, with implications for policy-relevant measurements of the Earth response to climate change, such as climate sensitivity to greenhouse gases and the thermal component of sea-level rise". So some squid populations are already swimming to the north in search of cooler water with more oxygen. In North Carolina, many summer flounder have moved 25 miles up the coast, while lobster populations in the Atlantic are increasingly going up toward Maine.

If anything, the findings help explain why we're already seeing so much sea-level rise and why numerous ocean's creatures are seeking refuge in new locations.

Rising ocean temperatures mean seas will rise faster, and sensitive areas such as tropical coral reefs and ice sheets near the poles will become even more damaged.

But she said it's not a reason to lose hope - instead, the findings should serve as a reason to double-down on efforts to save the planet. In a statement, Resplandy said that to slow warming, emissions of carbon dioxide must be reduced by 25 percent from previous estimates. Until then, we have to make sure that waters are kept as clean as possible.

Related News:

Most liked

Trump hopes that trade agreement with China will be finalized at G20
Trump has also threatened to extend the tariffs to all Chinese imports if the meeting in Argentina fails to produce "a good deal". Kudlow said Thursday at an event in Washington that Trump and Xi might be able to break the logjam on issues during the summit.

Hamilton: Alonso thought he ran driver market
But it is easier probably in some respects to be in a lower team where you don't have so much pressure. Hamilton believes Alonso's error was letting go of his Ferrari seat in 2014.

Parkinson's Disease May Have Roots In Appendix Says Study
The same abnormally folded proteins are also found in people that are not diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease. In their study , people whose appendix had been removed were less likely to develop the neurodegenerative disease .

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is finally dead
NASA says its spacecraft clocked around 4.3 billion miles, having arrived at Vesta in 2011 following its 2007 launch. Such spaceflight feats were made possible by Dawn's superefficient ion engines , mission team members have said .

Liverpool - Premier League - 4 November 2018
On the disallowed goal, Klopp added: "There is only one person who can answer the question and that's the linesman. The Reds have equalled their best ever start to a Premier League campaign, but they could well have bettered it.

Study confirms cell phone radiation linked to cancer risks in male rats
It is considered the most comprehensive assessment to date of the effects of RFR from modulations used in 2G and 3G cell phones. The radiation began in the womb or early in life and lasted for up to two years, which is most of the animals' lifetime.

Avril Lavigne Finally Responds To Those Death Conspiracy Theories
And despite the conspiracy, Lavigne has released a new single, "Head Above Water", her first song in five years. So, it's rumored that when Avril "died", Melissa took her place in order to carry on the success Avril achieved.

Man City boss Guardiola snaps back at Neville claims of tactical fouls
He said: "This season we spent less and next season maybe one player we are going to buy, no more than that". Every time a team wins the ball back and counterattacks, they foul them.

Ariana Grande's Surprise "Thank U, Next" Release Has Fans Asking "Who's Aubrey?"
She's a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world. Grande addresses her personal life, which have been making the headlines lately.

Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in Wisconsin hit-and-run crash
The girls were reported to have been about 10 years old and pupils of an elementary school in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. THREE Girl Scouts have been run over and killed while picking up rubbish on the side of a rural road in Wisconsin.

Deepika Padukone’s pre-wedding festivities have begun in Bengaluru, see photos
Deepika participated in the puja dressed in a bright tangerine suit from the house of Sabyasachi . Deepika's stylist Shaleena Nathani shared pictures of the actress from the puja on Instagram.

Drake Trashes Casino After Racists Stop Him From Gambling
If the casino allowed a person to play without adhering to the new rules, it could lose its gambling license. He alleges casino staff were "profiling" but does not elaborate on what they said.

Lewis Hamilton crowned F1 World Champion for fifth time
Hamilton has won 71 races, 20 fewer than Schumacher , and four titles for Mercedes in the past five years. I did pay attention in maths so I knew the numbers! "I need to save a little serenity for tomorrow".

Singapore Airlines to Launch Seattle Flights in November 2019
As the flight is not scheduled to commence until 3rd September 2019, the airline will have plenty of time to sell seats. Due to the changing time zones, the flight will land in Seattle at the same time it takes off from Singapore, 0905.

Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett Loses Title Due To Mid-Fight Back Injury
Burnett was able to finish the round but was obviously in pain that he was unable to answer the bell in the fifth round. Not much else is known right now about the injury but it didn't appear to be caused by anything his opponent did.