Oceans around the world are heating up at a rate equivalent to four nuclear bomb blasts every single second. As climate change came to the fore in 2019, a team of international scientists ran the numbers to find the increase in temperature in the world’s waters. They determined that Earth’s oceans were 0.075 degrees Celsius warmer than the average temperature from 1981-2010. That doesn’t seem like much, but considering the gigantic volume of water on Earth, it equates to 228 sextillion (a trillion billion) Joules’ worth of heat. Unsurprisingly, that’s a hard number to wrap your head around. So one of the scientists worked it out and put it in simpler terms: by comparing it to the atomic bomb that the USA dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
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