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The Oceans Are Warming Even Faster Than Researchers Thought

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New research published in the peer-reviewed journal Science has found that the world’s oceans are warming at a much faster rate than was previously estimated. According to the recently published report, the oceans are warming 40 percent faster than they were estimated to by a United Nations panel just five years ago. 

The increase in ocean temperature is the result of heat trapped by greenhouse gases — and serves a strong indication of global warming, according to graduate student Zeke Hausfather, one of the co-authors of the paper. “If you want to see where global warming is happening, look in our oceans,” said Hausfather, who is pursuing his studies in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. “Ocean heating is a very important indicator of climate change, and we have robust evidence that it is warming more rapidly than we thought.”