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Oceans – Warming

The oceans are warming at a rate 500% greater than since the late 1980s reflecting the increasing rate of global warming. Scripture says oceans will die. Science says oceans are dying due to warming, pollution, marine plagues, disruption of marine food webs, anoxia, and acidification. Science echoes Scripture.

“Earth’s warming oceans store energy for destructive storms,” by Denise Chow January 14, 2020

Rev 8:9            “A third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died.”  

Rev 16:3 Later “every living thing in the sea died.”

Rev 16:8-9      “The sun was given it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat.”

            According to an article published January 13, 2020 in the Journal on Advances in Atmospheric Sciences by an international team of 14 scientists, the world’s oceans hit their warmest level in recorded history in 2019 providing more evidence that “the Earth is warming at an accelerated pace” due to global warming and climate change. Ocean temperatures in the past decade have been the warmest on record. “The pace of warming has increased about 500 percent since the late 1980s,” said John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, one of the article’s authors. “The warming is continuing, it has accelerated and it is unabated.”

            Lijing Cheng, an associate professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics in Beijing, and the lead author of the study, said, “The amount of heat we have put in the world’s oceans in the past 25 years equals to 3.6 billion Hiroshima atom bomb explosions.” The oceans have absorbed about 90% of the heat trapped on our planet by greenhouse gas emissions since 1970. Abraham noted, “Oceans are the biggest reservoir of heat and therefore the best indicator of climate change. If you want to know how fast the Earth is warming, look at the oceans.” Warming oceans put more energy into the atmosphere increasing extreme weather and intensifying storms. “It’s like putting the weather on steroids,” said Johnson.

            Nick Bond, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, pointed out that warmer oceans expand, melt ice, and accelerate the pace of sea-level rise. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the sea-level rise could reach 3 feet by the end of the century dooming coastal cities and countries from Miami to Bangladesh. Warming water also holds more carbon dioxide (CO2) making the water more acidic. Many sea creatures and corals are already struggling, some dying, because of increased ocean temperatures and acidification. Chief scientist at Oceana in Washington, D.C. said that ocean warming will have enormous impacts on fisheries around the world affecting the food security and livelihood of large numbers of people. If this trend continues, “it’s really dire news,” said Abraham.

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