Deep sea heat — coming soon to an ice shelf near you

According to Larry O’Hanlon in “Antarctic melting as deep ocean heat rises“,

  • Oceans have been hiding a lot of Earth’s warming by burying it in the deep sea.
  • The deep waters are now surfacing and melting ice on the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
  • The trend means that we’re already locked into long term melting and sea level rise.

Global warming is sneaky. For more than a century it has been hiding large amounts of excess heat in the world’s deep seas. Now that heat is coming to the surface again in one of the worst possible places: Antarctica.

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