Earth is Heating Up, Literally – NASA Warns About Dangerous Temperatures in the Atmosphere
Increases in greenhouse gases represent a serious issue, and although many people didn’t take it seriously, maybe it’s never too late to change things. According to new research done by scientists from NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), there’s an “unprecedented” amount of heat trapped in our planet’s atmosphere.
Fox News brings the worrying news about our planet’s atmosphere heating up, literally speaking. The same study claims that the Earth’s energy imbalance approximately doubled from 2005 to 2019.
Some official statements of the new study wrote, as cited by Fox News:
Continued increases in concentrations of well-mixed greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and the long time-scales time required for the ocean, cryosphere, and land to come to thermal equilibrium with those increases result in a net gain of energy, hence warming, on Earth,
Most of this excess energy (about 90%) warms the ocean, with the remainder heating the land, melting snow and ice, and warming the atmosphere.
NASA explained more on Twitter:
Earth’s climate relies on a delicate balance between energy coming in from the Sun — mostly as light — and radiated as heat back into space. As human emissions of greenhouse gases trap more heat within Earth’s atmosphere, that balance is changing. pic.twitter.com/jJcYNFqJgd
— NASA Earth (@NASAEarth) June 15, 2021
The researchers involved in the study had been comparing data from NASA’s CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) satellite sensors with an array of measurements from “Argo” ocean floats. As the scientists reveal, they’ve shown that the two independent approaches yield a decadal expansion in the rate of energy uptake by our planet starting from mid-2005 and through mid-2019.
The study also found that the rate of heat intake must abate, or else our planet will be facing greater changes when it comes to climate.
Last but not least, the researchers concluded that a change in the PDO (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) to a warm phase could have been playing a major role in the increase of the energy imbalance.
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