“We are now at five to six Hiroshima bombs of heat each second,” study co-author John Abraham, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of St. Thomas, told CNN.
Abraham said in a statement Monday announcing the study’s publication that the public needs to be aware “how fast things are changing.”
“The key to answering this question is in the oceans—that’s where the vast majority of heat ends up,” said Abraham. “If you want to understand global warming, you have to measure ocean warming.”
The ocean warms slowly, said Cheng, but due to its vast size has dire consequences.
“The price we pay is the reduction of ocean-dissolved oxygen, the harmed marine lives, strengthening storms and reduced fisheries and ocean-related economies,” Cheng said. “However, the more we reduce greenhouse gasses, the less the ocean will warm.”
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