COSEE Ocean Systems: News
NASA-MIT study evaluates efficiency of oceans as heat sink, atmospheric gases sponge
Description: Over the last ten years, one-fourth of human-emissions of carbon dioxide as well as 90 percent of additional warming due to the greenhouse effect have been absorbed by the oceans. Acting like a massive sponge, the oceans pull from the atmosphere heat, carbon dioxide and other gases, such as chlorofluorocarbons, oxygen and nitrogen and store them in their depths for decades to millennia. Now, a new study estimates how much and how quickly the oceans absorb atmospheric gases and contrast it with the efficiency of heat absorption. [Source: NASA Climate Change News]
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Source: NASA Climate Change News
Publish Date: 6/13/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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