More bad (bad, very bad – extinction level bad) news for the world’s life forms: Oceans storing up staggering amounts of heat: ‘the memory of all of the past climate change’
A new study , out Friday in the journal Science Advances, suggests that since 1960, a staggering 337 zetajoules of energy – that’s 337 followed by 21 zeros – have been added to the ocean in the form of heat. And most of it has occurred since 1980.
This amount of energy is hard to fathom. Here’s the figure in joules: 337,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
I honestly don’t know how to describe this amount of energy in the form of heat now stored in the world’s oceans. Here is the original paper.
Here’s why I think this is very, very bad: there is simply no way humans can remove this energy imbalance on a practical time scale meaningful to the human race. It is also a figure that will continue to go up, not down for the indefinite future and undoubtedly helps account for the vast migration of species and die-offs that have been recorded around the world (oxygen depletion is another topic that would also apply).