Climate scientists alarmed at speed of ocean warming

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Sea temperatures are raising at a rate 40 per cent higher than was thought, analysis shows Sea temperatures are raising at a rate 40 per cent higher than was thought, analysis showsDREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

The oceans are warming at a faster rate than was thought, according to the biggest analysis of sea temperatures so far.

The vast majority of the extra heat from climate change is stored in the oceans but until recently there were few reliable methods of measuring it.

Researchers have now combined findings from multiple studies to show there has been a consistent warming trend even during the so-called hiatus, a 15-year period at the beginning of this century when land temperatures seemed to hold.

The latest study combined previous estimates to show that ocean warming is accelerating at a rate 40 per cent higher than was thought. Researchers said this showed that, contrary to the claims of some sceptics, the world was warming at a…

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