Sunday, August 4, 2013

Warming of deep oceans said holding climate change steady

Space Daily: Heat absorbed by the deep oceans has brought a slowing of global warming in the last five years, U.K. scientists say, but the long-term trend is still upward.

Oceans absorb large amounts of the Earth's heat, a phenomenon that goes on over long periods as heat from the ocean surface is gradually circulated to the seas' deeper regions, they said.

Global temperatures have remained largely static over the past five years, giving ammunition to climate change skeptics, but scientists said the evidence still clearly points to ongoing global warming in the coming decades as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere build up, The Guardian reported Monday....

The North Pacific ocean floor, image by the US Geological Survey, and therefore in the public domain

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