Monday, 11 November 2013

Rapid Climate Change Imminent

Scientists have claimed that the Earth's oceans have absorbed environmental heat  at a rate 15 times more in the last 60 years than the rate of heat absorption in the last 10,000 years, according to a report published in Science on 31st October, 2013.


The report has concluded that the oceans of our planet have reached the limits of heat absorption. Hence, in the absence of rapid slowdown of greenhouse gases, consequences of climate change will accelerate abnormally in near future. So, both marine and land life, existing at present, will severely suffer.

The researchers examined magnesium to calcium ratio in a species of protozoa that forms a shell. The warmer the water, the higher is the magnesium to calcium ratio in the shell.

The research, based on physical evidence, is claimed to be first to examine ocean temperature patterns of periods before 1950.