Our Oceans Are Warming At the Rate of Five Hiroshima Bombs per Second

By: | January 18th, 2020

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We all know that Global warming is affecting life across Earth’s ecosystems. This all is resulting in rise in sea levels, droughts, floods and melting of glaciers.  Now a shocking new study by researchers from Oxford University details how Global warming has heated Earth’s oceans.

Oceans have heated up by the equivalent of an atomic bomb explosion per second over the past 150 years

According to Researchers, our oceans have seen a worrisome temperature hike since the 19th century. After examining the data of ocean temperatures since 1871, the average heating of the oceans over this period is equivalent to the dropping of 1.5 atomic bombs per second.

“The Hiroshima atom-bomb exploded with energy of about 63,000,000,000,000 Joules,” author Lijing Cheng from the Chinese Academy of Sciences said in a press release.

“The amount of heat we have put in the world’s oceans in the past 25 years equals to 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom-bomb explosions.”

In other words in past 25 years, amount of energy that entered our oceans is equal to five Hiroshima bombs’ worth of energy every second.

Worst part is, this alarming rate is not steady in fact it’s rising.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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