18 Jun '12, 3pm

Are Humans Responsible for Ocean Heat Rise? Study Says: Definitely

Are Humans Responsible for Ocean Heat Rise? Study Says: Definitely

A study published in Nature Climate Change points a finger decidedly at humans as a driving force behind the warming of our oceans. The abstract puts it clearly: "When global mean changes are included, we consistently obtain a positive identification (at the 1% significance level) of an anthropogenic fingerprint in observed upper-ocean temperature changes, thereby substantially strengthening existing detection and attribution evidence." The Register reports , "The study, with inputs from Australia, Japan, India and the United States, found that natural variability in ocean temperatures could only account for ten percent of the observed rise – at most. Event the “noise” created by short-term variability would have to be twice as great as is observed to make any change to the study’s results." Pulling information from all the world's major oceans, and comparing data from a d...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/humans-respons...

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