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The amount of heat the Earth traps has doubled in just 15 years. Approximately 90 percent of the excess energy from this imbalance ends up in the ocean. And warming ocean temperatures lead to acidification, impacting fish and other marine biodiversity.

The amount of heat the Earth traps has doubled in just 15 years. Approximately 90 percent of the excess energy from this imbalance ends up in the ocean. And warming ocean temperatures lead to acidification, impacting fish and other marine biodiversity.

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  1. The planet is trapping roughly double the amount of heat in the atmosphere than it did nearly 15 years ago, according to an alarming new analysis from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Researchers say it’s a “remarkable” amount of energy that is already having far-reaching consequences.
    “It’s excess energy that’s being taken up by the planet,” said Norman Loeb, a NASA scientist and lead author of the study, “so it’s going to mean further increases in temperatures and more melting of snow and sea ice, which will cause sea level rise — all things that society really cares about.”
    The study, published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that what’s known as the Earth’s energy imbalance — the difference between how much of the sun’s energy the planet absorbs and how much energy is radiated back into space — approximately doubled from 2005 to 2019. The result was “striking,” the research team wrote.

    https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2021GL093047

  2. The accompanying article about the water level in Lake Mead is worth the time to read.

    >”Lake Mead has lost 5.5 trillion gallons of water since then (2000). That is more than 1,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools lost every day for nearly 22 years.”

  3. “Froelich is the lead author of a study that found farming seaweed in just 3.8% of federal waters off the Californian coast could offset all the carbon emissions from the state’s $50bn (£36bn) agriculture industry. The study concluded that 48 million sq km (18.5 million sq miles) of the world’s oceans are suitable for seaweed cultivation – an area about six times the size of Australia. “It is an untapped potential,” Froelich says.”

    [https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210406-how-kelp-can-help-solve-climate-change](https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210406-how-kelp-can-help-solve-climate-change#:~:text=Forty%2Deight%20million%20sq%20km,commonly%20farmed%20types%20of%20seaweed)

    [https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-81761](https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-81761)

    [https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/feeding-cattle-seaweed-reduces-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions-82-percent](https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/feeding-cattle-seaweed-reduces-their-greenhouse-gas-emissions-82-percent)

    [https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/719786-oceans-2050-receives-grant-wwf-support-bezos-earth-fund-global-effort](https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/719786-oceans-2050-receives-grant-wwf-support-bezos-earth-fund-global-effort)

  4. Not only did we loose albedo, but it’s frightening to think about how much energy those ~28 trillion tonnes of ice we lost in the past 30 years absorbed without raising ocean temperatures.

  5. I don’t think people truly understand how serious this is. Other countries are not our issue doesn’t matter what any country does, none of them can hold a candle to what we are about to face globally with climate change.
    This is the worlds chance to work together for a solution. And if we don’t, we won’t see 2060.

  6. I watched the new show with david attenborough discussing climate change… and I feel like we are doomed, another reason why I won’t have children… and we are trying are best to do our part, cut back our meat intake by 90 percent, fuel efficient vehicles, down to 1 car, we avoid anything plastic… but I feel most of the world has failed understanding that we need to all do our part.

    And the poor countries are getting no direction on what to do, which pollute our oceans the worst

    The over fishing part scares me the most but what do we do to feed a country of over a billion people? We are screwed

  7. Could someone explain why warming ocean temperatures lead to acidification? I thought that CO2 was at least partially responsible, but its solubility diminishes with increasing temperatures.

  8. We’re at the equivalent of a Hiroshima nuclear bomb detonation every single second over the last 150 years.

    90% of that heat is absorbed by the ocean.
    If there’s any PC enthusiasts out there with water-cooled systems you’ll know that water has a finite capacity to absorb heat.

    For the naysayers out there that say the climate changes and life adapts and it’ll be fine all I can say is that the our planet has never seen this level of rapid climate change while still being compatible with life.

  9. The solution needs to be some type of technology.

    The ask of the entire globe to quit eating (or heavily reduce) meat consumption and to quit travelling (cars/planes) as much, just won’t happen.

    We need to solve this with engineering and science.

    The problem is, the pockets that run deep enough to fund the solution aren’t interested in it.

  10. Front row seat to humanity destroying itself. People are worried about the planet. The planet is going to be fine. It’s humanity that’s f*cked. I feel like we are getting what we deserve.

  11. At what point does it become a cataclysmic event that snowballs into a point of no return when the buildup of heat becomes self-sustaining, irrespective of what measures we as a race achieve?

Horse freakout because of heat, Florence.

Got another dummy lying about credentials and giving out illegal medical advice