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The world’s oceans have been absorbing far more excess heat in recent decades than scientists had predicted - the Earth could be set to warm even faster.
Over the past quarter-century, Earth’s oceans have retained 60 percent more heat than scientists had originally foreseen. The world's oceans have absorbed more than 93% of the excess heat from greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from fossil fuels, leading to an increase in global ocean temperatures. The warming of the oceans leads to deoxygenation, and sea level rise resulting from the expanding seas as they heat up and increase the melting of sea ice.
This will have multiple effects on marine life such as loss of breeding grounds for marine mammals, seabirds and fisheries. Millions of people rely on fisheries and aquaculture for a source of income and protein worldwide.
The rise in ocean temperatures are also causing more severe hurricanes, and intensified El Nino events that will have huge socio-economic impact with extreme weather events such flooding and drought -
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