Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

quote [ obviously, we are putting a lot of excess energy into the climate system and a lot of that ends up in the ocean,. There is no doubt.โ€ The total heat taken up by the oceans over the past 150 years was about 1,000 times the annual energy use of the entire global population. ]

Turns out the oceans are actually saving our asses. Story is from beginning of last year.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@6:48pmGMT]


donnie said @ 10:42pm GMT on 15th Sep [Score:1 Insightful]
For perspective, the total solar irradiance from the sun onto the earth is equivalent to about one Tsar Bomb (50MT) per second, or 2500 "Hiroshima" bombs (the article's unit of measure).

What the report is really saying is that the excess warming of the oceans over the past 150 years has, on average, been the result of the Earth retaining an extra 0.04% of the sun's energy normally incident on the planet. If anything, I think that's a more useful and revealing number.
Paracetamol said @ 4:16am GMT on 16th Sep
You're right, the bomb analogy is a bit sensational.
steele said @ 12:58am GMT on 16th Sep

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