Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

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Rising ocean temperatures can bleach corals, like these off of Papua New Guinea.CreditJurgen Freund/NPL/Minden Pictures
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Rising ocean temperatures can bleach corals, like these off of Papua New Guinea.CreditCreditJurgen Freund/NPL/Minden Pictures

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Scientists say the world’s oceans are warming far more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change because almost all the excess heat absorbed by the planet ends up stored in their waters.

A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago. The researchers also concluded that ocean temperatures have broken records for several straight years.

“2018 is going to be the warmest year on record for the Earth’s…

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