A new study shows that the amount of man-made energy absorbed into the oceans has doubled since 1997. It is common knowledge among researchers that 90 percent of heat energy from global warming goes into oceans instead of the ground. But this study used ocean-observing data (that goes all the way back to a British research ship in the 1870s) and high-tech modern underwater monitors to track exactly how much man-made energy has been put into our oceans in the past 150 years. According to the study, from 1865 to 1997, the oceans absorbed 150 zettajoules of energy. But just since 1997, the oceans have already absorbed another 150. In layman's terms, that amount of heat energy is roughly equal to the amount that would be released if a Hiroshima-scale atomic bomb exploded every second for 75 years. So you shouldn't blame your nearby friend for those pockets of heat you float into while you're splashing around in the ocean, though that would probably be better environmentally speaking. Oregon State University marine sciences professor Jane Lubchenco, the former chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, "These finding have potentially serious consequences for life in the oceans as well as for patterns of ocean circulation, storm tracks and storm intensity." Discuss

Along with a plethora of pop stars, activists, writers, celebrities and politicians, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, the scientific adviser to the Evangelical Environmental Network and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, was named to TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Dr. Hayhoe is the co-author of the book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions and describes herself as “a spokesperson with one principal goal—to bring public awareness to the simple truth that the scientific debate is over, and now it's time for all of us to take action.” In the TIME profile, “An environmental evangelist”, actor Don Cheadle wrote, “There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe—a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian—so interesting” ... Discuss

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