Our ocean warming stats have been terribly wrong

Nov 02, 2018, 7:41 AM EDT
(Source: Ryan/flickr)
(Source: Ryan/flickr)

According to a new research at Princeton University, our oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat than previously estimated over the past 25 years, suggesting it will be harder for the governments to stay on a trajectory that could meet temperature rise targets agreed in the Paris accord on climate.

Laure Resplandy, a geoscientist at Princeton University and the lead author of the startling study, explains that the previous calculations of ocean heat have failed to correctly sample the additional heat which Earth has retained and not let out into space due to excessive greenhouse gas emissions, reports The Washington Post.

The faster rate of ocean warming could result in some significant changes in the waters, including threat to marine ecosystems as heat buildup depletes the seas of oxygen and thermal expansion causing more sea level rise, notes the BBC.