World’s oceans are getting warmer, faster

The Carbon Brief
March 25, 2013

When looking at how global temperatures have changed, it’s easy to focus on the atmosphere. But as a new paper shows, we should be looking at the oceans too – and the deep ocean in particular. Over the last half century, new data shows the oceans have warmed substantially – accelerating in the last decade.

Since the start of the 20th century, land and sea surface temperatures have risen by about 0.76 degrees Celsius, mainly as a result of burning fossil fuels.

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