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  • amdtripledigits amdtripledigits Mar 24, 2014 2:22 PM Flag

    More than 90% of the excess energy trapped by greenhouse gases is stored in the oceans.

    “There is no standstill in global warming. The warming of our oceans has accelerated, and at lower depths. More than 90% of the excess energy trapped by greenhouse gases is stored in the oceans.

    “Levels of these greenhouse gases are at record levels, meaning that our atmosphere and oceans will continue to warm for centuries to come. The laws of physics are non-negotiable.”

    The report says 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have all occurred during this century, and each of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, culminating with 2001-2010 as the warmest decade on record. It confirms that 2013 tied with 2007 as the sixth warmest year on record, continuing the long-term global warming trend.

    Temperatures in many parts of the southern hemisphere were especially warm, and Australia was not the only country to feel the impact: Argentina had its second hottest year on record.- Climate News Network

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    • “Levels of these greenhouse gases are at record levels, meaning that our atmosphere and oceans will continue to warm for centuries to come. The laws of physics are non-negotiable.”

      Here's some more "physics" for you.. CO2 levels, according to NASA's GISS website have risen approximetly 50% since 1950..

      Scientific American also reports the phytoplankton (which FEED on CO2) have decreased by over 40% since 1950. (tested by using Secchi disk data).

      Oceanic phytoplankton are responsible for well over HALF the photosynthesis on the planet. They also are the foundation of the marine food chain, and we're seeing dramatically lower populations of fish as a result of being starved of sufficient food and over-harvesting.

      The correlation is damning, but has NEVER been incorporated into climate models...

      What's the causation factor? Lack of Iron in the oceans which is a requirement for chlorophyll production, which is a requirement for photosynthesis (also known as chlorosis for terrestrial flora)..

      We can argue as to why there is insufficient Iron in the oceans. It could be that excess emissions of CO2 have surpassed the amount of Iron available to increase phytoplankton levels. Or it could be that soil conservation efforts have limited airborne transport of Iron into the oceans. We could even argue that changes in oceanic currents and upwellings have limited Iron transport to the upper strata of the oceans. But IF the oceans were warming, as you assert, then there should be MORE upwellings, and thereby, more transport of Iron for consumption by phytoplankton.

      Bottom line.. if the CO2 "sponge" (represented by the available phytoplankton population) decreases by over 40%, then there is less ability to absorb, consume, and sequester (via marine snow and the biological pump) that excess CO2. This will then be reflected by increased acidity of the oceans and higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere.

      See if any climate scientists have researched this.

      Scrutinizer

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • he's back

 
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