Heat buildup on Earth is accelerating at a “worrying” rate

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The oceans, which cover 71% of the planet’s surface, absorb 90% of the heat accumulated on Earth.

The oceans absorb 90% of the heat accumulated on Earth.
The oceans absorb 90% of the heat accumulated on Earth. 179139357/Oleksii Fadieiev – stock.adobe.com

Where does the accumulated heat go on Earth? The most comprehensive study on the subject to date, bringing together 38 researchers from around the world who pooled their data, draws up a very precise inventory of how energy is distributed and highlights a significant acceleration of the heat buildup in our climate machine.

As a reminder, the Earth’s atmosphere absorbs more energy from the Sun than it sends back to space (this is what makes our Earth habitable, unlike the Moon for example). But human activities have reinforced this natural phenomenon, emitting large amounts of additional greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing what’s known as the Earth’s Energy Imbalance (TED). .

In the article published this week in the journal Earth System Science Data, scientists explain that during the period 1970-2018, 89% of this excess heat was “Absorbed” by the ocean,

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