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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ocean Warming Catches Up

A new study in the journal Nature has located previously missing warming of the ocean. After correcting biases in ocean temperature observations, the study found that ocean warming and thermal expansion trends for the past five decades are 50% larger than earlier previously estimated. This finding brings warming trends for the ocean into better agreement with model estimates and aids in attributing cause to observed increases in sea level. Unfortunately, the findings also suggest that the surface ocean offers no refuge from global warming to the Earth's biodiversity.

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