2019 Recorded A Historic Highest Ever Ocean Temperature


Much of what everyone seems to know about the ocean is in economic terms, that it is used as a means of transportation and that we get our seafood from there. Well, needless to say, it is not all that the ocean does. It also functions in storing heat, 90% of which consists of emissions from greenhouses, and this stored heat directly affects the rate of global warming. 

Last year recorded the highest ever temperature as scientists found out by measuring the ocean heat. 

The 2019 temperature of the ocean was around 0.0075° which indicates a threat to nature way more than one could imagine. Does 0.0075° feel like a small amount, and you aren’t convinced? Let me help you out there. Everyone is aware of the bombings in Hiroshima and the catastrophe it caused, right? Well, the Hiroshima bombings released about 63,000,000,000,000 joules, and 3.6 billions times of that amount has been added to the ocean during the past 25 years. 

Bleached coral in Tahiti, French Polynesia, in May 2019. When waters warm, coral turns white and often dies
Luiz Rocha, California Academy of Sciences

As John Abraham, professor of mechanical engineering states, the current heating rate is around 500% higher than it was in the 1980s. Evidently, it is humans that brought the world to this kind of a chaotic situation, and now it is time that humans themselves came up with solutions to minimize the damage. 

Since the warmth of the ocean directly affects global warming, it goes without saying that the increase in warmth in the ocean means raised earth warming. This is as much natural as human caused. The glaciers keep melting, coral reefs keep bleaching, sea levels keep rising, and all these end up in causing a great threat to biodiversity.

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