Month: December 2019

Climate Crisis: The Ocean

Emma D., journalist

According to “Climate Change and the Ocean”, “over 90% of the heat” produced by climate change has been consumed by the ocean. This is an alarming statistic. From the industrial revolution to today, Earth’s population has continued to rise, and more people means more fossil fuel burning and energy usage (Smithsonian Ocean). Sediment cores from the deep ocean have determined that human activity is the primary cause of climate change; more specifically, the greenhouse effect (Smithsonian Ocean). Through this effect, gases, most notably carbon dioxide, have been released into the atmosphere in record numbers (Smithsonian Ocean). These gases have absorbed heat from the Sun, and in turn, have gradually warmed the Earth (Smithsonian Ocean). The ocean, which is home to 96.5% of Earth’s water, is literally taking the heat (“How Much Water…”).

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