The warming of the oceans equivalent to one atomic bomb per second

Global warming has become one of the biggest threats to humanity, and its impact on the planet, especially on the oceans, would be equivalent to the effects of an atomic bomb per second during the last 150 years, according to a new research published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

According to this article, more than 90% of the heat trapped in mankind’s greenhouse gas emissions had to be absorbed by the seas, and a small percentage of it is the one that heats the earth and the polar ice caps.

This means that the large amount of energy that is concentrated in the oceans is responsible for increasing the sea level, which in turn causes the formation of more intense hurricanes and typhoons. This has been revealed by the latest measurements, demonstrating that oceanic heat is essential to predict the future of climate change.

According to a calculation made by the British newspaper The Guardian, the average warming over the last 150 years was equivalent to about 1.5 atomic bombs the size of Hiroshima per second, but over the years the heat has accelerated , which would be something equivalent to between three and six bombs per second.

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Translated in another way, the energy that the oceans have absorbed in this century and a half has been about 1,000 times greater than the annual energy consumption of the entire world population. Considering that carbon emissions are increasing more and more on the planet and that the changes were mainly induced by man.

To determine these figures, the scientists in charge of the research combined ocean surface temperature meters since 1871, based on computerized models of ocean circulation, pointing out that this study opens a new and exciting way to study the warming of the ocean, in addition to using direct measurements.

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Sarah Ali

Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Pharmacology at the University of Florida. She focuses on health news and tips for The Talking Democrat.