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Oceans Are Absorbing Much More Heat Than Expected، Says Study

Saturday 03/November/2018 - 08:56 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
A new report reveals that scientists have seriously underestimated exactly how much heat the world's oceans are absorbing due to global warming، as the Technical Times said.

According to the latest estimates، the bodies of water around the world has soaked up 60 percent more excess heat than originally thought. The report also suggests that more heat is being generated by greenhouse gases، making it more difficult to control the changing climate in the next couple of decades.
The last assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change revealed that oceans around the world are absorbing about 90 percent of excess heat from the planet. This has caused the upper ocean that is up to 700 meters deep to warm، shrinking ice sheets from Greenland and Antarctica.

However، it was more than that. The new study، which looked at the past 25 years، calculated the greenhouse gases emitted due to human activities. Researchers found that the oceans have soaked about 150 times the amount of energy needed to generate electricity around the world.

"It is a big concern،" stated Laure Resplandy of Princeton University، lead author of the study. "If you look at the IPCC 1.5C، there are big challenges ahead to keep those targets، and our study suggests it's even harder because we close the window for those lower pathways."

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