According to Climate Central, recent findings have shown that the Earth’s oceans are warming at a far more alarming rate than projected, evaporating conservative’s most recent lie that there hasn’t been any global warming in the last 16 years.
Scientists have been studying the ocean’s temperatures through the Argo array, a series of Argo floats spread throughout the waters. These buoys drift and sink and rise at varying depths, collecting data such as the current flow, salinity, pressure, and temperature. When the buoys resurface, they transmit that data via satellite to scientists around the world.
Recently published research from Climate Nature Change concluded that the upper levels of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere may have warmed twice as quickly than previously estimated.
“The Argo data is really critical. The estimates that we had up until now have been pretty systematically underestimating the likely changes,” says the leader of the new study, Paul Durack, a researcher from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Sarah Gille, a professor from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who had nothing to do with the paper, was “tremendously” interested in the study.
We continue to be stunned at how rapidly the ocean is warming. Even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we’d still have an ocean that is warmer than the ocean of 1950, and that heat commits us to a warmer climate. Extra heat means extra sea level rise, since warmer water is less dense, so a warmer ocean expands.
This does not bode well for the Earth’s shorelines or their inhabitants.
Because of melting of glaciers and other sea ice, ocean warming is intensifying flooding in low-lying areas around the world. Since the industrial revolution, sea levels are 8 inches above normal and continue to rise at steady rate. This warming also contributes to larger and more intense hurricanes and typhoons, and devastating weather patterns and droughts elsewhere. Just two to 7 feet more of sea level rise is projected this century, endangering the lives and homes of over 5 million Americans living less than 4 feet above sea level. Not to mention the hundreds of millions living along the coasts of other countries.
Despite the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence from every scientific discipline that has something to say about catastrophic climate change, big business and their conservative enablers will continue to place profits over people, endangering the lives of everyone on this planet. Election day is Tuesday November 4th 2014. Vote straight blue. Vote as if your life depended on it, because in many ways, it does.
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h/t Climate Central