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The Earth is warming fast and furious and much of the warming is going into the oceans. You may have heard that global warming had slowed due to slowed warming of global surfaces, but in new research published in Geophysical Research Letters, the authors found that much of the current warming is settling into the deepest depths of the ocean.

   Completely contrary to the popular contrarian myth, global warming has accelerated, with more overall global warming in the past 15 years than the prior 15 years.  This is because about 90% of overall global warming goes into heating the oceans, and the oceans have been warming dramatically.


    Some recent studies have concluded based on the slowed global surface warming over the past decade that the sensitivity of the climate to the increased greenhouse effect is somewhat lower than the IPCC best estimate.  Those studies are fundamentally flawed because they do not account for the warming of the deep oceans.

This accelerated warming is troubling news as extreme warming in the depths of the ocean affects the development of plankton which is at the foundation of nearly all marine ecosystems.


How fast is ocean acidification happening and what are the projections? The projections up to 2100 don't look pretty. They point to a massive destruction of vital living ocean organisms in less than 90 years.

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Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by DK GreenRoots.

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