Robots find out: How Much Heat Does the Ocean Trap? (via Scientific American)

Environment & Energy

Robots in the service of science – an interesting article by Brittany Patterson, published on Scientific American last week.

“Although the ocean is very good at capturing human-created heat and preventing it from warming the atmosphere, it does not come without consequences.

deep-argo-floatThe IUCN report summarized scientific literature detailing how warming oceans are accelerating the melting of ice shelves; affecting marine mammal migration patterns, fishery stocks and coral reefs; and contributing to more intense storm systems.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is in the process of preparing a special report on climate change, the oceans and cryosphere, but the 80 scientists from around the world that authored the IUCN report noted ocean warming has been largely ignored in international climate change discussions.

They write that ocean warming “may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation.”

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