The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a study released Monday showedPosted on January 24, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic & Wildlife, Plastic Waste News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of man-made heat energy absorbed by the seas has doubled since 1997, a new study says.
Scientists have long known that more than 90 percent of the heat energy from man-made global warming goes into the world’s oceans instead of the ground. And they’ve seen ocean heat content rise in recent years. But the new study, using ocean-observing data that goes back to the British research ship Challenger in the 1870s and including high-tech modern underwater monitors and computer models, tracked how much man-made heat has been buried in the oceans in the past 150 years.
The world’s oceans absorbed approximately 150 zettajoules of energy from 1865 to 1997, and then absorbed about another 150 in the next 18 years, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
To put that in perspective, if you exploded one atomic bomb the size of the one that was dropped on Hiroshima every second for a year, the total energy released would be 2 zettajoules. So since 1997, Earth’s oceans have absorbed man-made heat energy equivalent to a Hiroshima-style bomb being exploded every second for 75 straight years.
Couple this with there will be more weight of plastic in the ocean than fish stock by 2050 and you have warm oceans full of plastic. Will there be any fish left? If we lose our ocean life, then land life will be in dire trouble.