Quickly warming oceans “may buy us some time” to deal with climate change
Analysis of 10,000 years of oceanic history suggests that the oceans may store more heat from global warming than previously believed, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
As the greenhouse effect continues to warm the atmosphere, there's more heat than ever making its way into the oceans. Over the past 60 years, the study found, the Pacific Ocean has been warming 15 times faster than they had been over the previous ten thousand.
The oceans' ability to absorb heat is buffering the planet from feeling the full impact of climate change right now, experts say. But as National Geographic explains, that won't be the case for long: