'Scary': Warming of Oceans Is Equivalent to 1.5 Atomic Bombs Every Second Over Past 150 Years
Carbon emissions are affecting life in all of Earth’s ecosystems—contributing to drought, flooding, and the melting of ice in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But a new study by researchers at Oxford University details how the planet’s oceans are by far the climate crisis’s biggest victim, with implications for the global population.
Researchers examined changes in ocean heat going all the way back to 1871, looking further into the past than many other studies of global and ocean warming. The research suggested that with carbon emissions accelerating dramatically since then, the average heating of the oceans over the nearly 150-year period was equivalent to the dropping of 1.5 atomic bombs per second since 1871.
The Guardian made that calculation after examining the report, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—and alarmed the study’s lead author, who confirmed it was accurate.
“I try not to make this type of calculation, simply because I find it worrisome,” Professor Laure Zannat told the Guardian. “We usually try to compare the heating to [human] energy use, to make it less scary.”
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