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Oceans Heating Up 40 Percent Faster Than Thought, 2018 Expected To See Record Temperatures, Scientists Say

Jan 11, 2019

By Kashmira Gander

Ocean heating—which could trigger potentially devastating weather events including hurricanes and storms—is happening 40 percent faster than previous thought, scientists have warned.

And if nothing is done to slow the warming, sea levels could rise by around 12 inches in addition to that caused by melting ice, said the authors of the study published in the journal Science.

A new record for ocean warmth was set in 2018, Zeke Hausfather, a co-author of the paper and a graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, told Newsweek.

The buildup of greenhouse gasses, which stop heat from escaping the Earth’s atmosphere, is to blame for rising global temperatures, the authors said. This has in turn led to the devastation of the natural environment including destroyed coral reefs, the depletion of oxygen levels in the ocean, as well as melting ice caps, glaciers and ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic.

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