Scientists are now finding that even though we’ve come a long way in reducing CO2 emissions, the oceans are still warming more rapidly than previously thought.
It has been a slow-burning and highly uncertain process.
We are in a position to monitor the progress of this process in detail, and to quantify the impacts of changing environmental conditions on the planet, writes David Pogue in the September issue of New Scientist.
The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has already raised questions about the effectiveness of the Kyoto Protocols.
The global temperature rises in recent decades have been much greater than the warming observed in the oceans, which means we’re not just cooling the planet; we’re also changing the ocean.
This means that the planet will continue to warm, and we may not have seen a clear picture of what will happen to the oceans over the next decade.
In this issue of the magazine, Pogue takes us through a new way to think about how the oceans will be affected.