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Ocean heating doubles

Much of water’s added warmth at great depth, analysis finds

11:00am, January 18, 2016
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HOT WATER  Earth’s oceans are now absorbing twice as much heat as they were 18 years ago, new research shows. Warming water can contribute to coral bleaching (shown) and the collapse of coral ecosystems.

The ocean is taking heat. That’s the conclusion of a new study that finds that Earth’s oceans now absorb heat at twice the rate they did 18 years ago. Around half of ocean heat uptake since 1865 has taken place since 1997, researchers also report online January 18 in Nature Climate Change.

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