SAMANTHA PAGE / COSMOS – 2018 was the hottest year on record for the world’s oceans, new research reveals.
Ocean temperatures, measured in the upper 2000 metres of the surface, are “direct evidence” of continued global warming, the researchers say. They are also rising faster than previously expected.
“The new data, together with a rich body of literature, serve as an additional warning to both the government and the general public that we are experiencing inevitable global warming,” says the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Lijing Cheng, lead author of the new report, which appears in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.
Warming has “already taken place and caused serious damage and losses to both the economy and society,” he adds …