Ocean water across the world is boiling at an unexpected rapid speed, resulting in a change in the climate.
The ocean water, with a hike of 40 % in the speed of warming up, is a threat to marine life as the increased heat, caused due to global warming, is absorbed by the oceans.
According to analysis published in the journal Science, there are major consequences of global warming which affect the ocean water.
Zeke Hausfather, an Energy and Resource Group graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, said, “Ocean heating is a very important indicator of climate change, and we have robust evidence that it is warming more rapidly than we thought.” He further added, “2018 is going to be the warmest year on record for the Earth’s oceans.”
Greenhouse gases and manmade pollution are some of the major factors behind the increased global warming. The ocean water restores at least 90 % of the plastic, fuels and garbage, a process which is deteriorating the marine ecosystems around the world.
Supporting the analysis, Malin L. Pinsky, an associate professor of ecology, evolution and natural resources at Rutgers University, said, “If the ocean wasn’t absorbing as much heat, the surface of the land would heat up much faster than it is right now.” He further said, “In fact, the ocean is saving us from massive warming right now.”
If the global warming is not controlled through a reduction in the amount of greenhouse gases released in the atmosphere, the sea level will rise up to 30 cm, increasing the temperature of the surface of the sea by 0.78 degree celsius. This will further reduce the amount of oxygen in the water and might cause coastal floods in various parts of the world.