Warming water in deep Antarctic Ocean contributing to sea-level rise - 13 Oct 2010  
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With an estimated 80% of greenhouse gases emitted over the past several decades having been absorbed by the oceans, their waters have become warmer in the process.  In a new analysis, US-based researchers at University of Washington and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) found that even the deepest and coldest ocean waters are now registering their absorption of the warmth, with the steepest temperature rises occurring around the southern pole of Antarctica.

Temperatures recorded at depths below 1,000 meters over the past 20 years revealed that increases are small due to the vastness of the seas, which translates to an enormous capacity for energy storage.

In fact, if the heat currently being poured into the deep ocean were to stay in the atmosphere instead, our ambient temperature would rise at a rate of 3 degrees Celsius per decade.

The scientists warn, however, about these warming waters’ adverse effects. Along with the disturbance to marine ecosystems, they are contributing to sea level rise in two ways: about half coming through the expansion of water as it warms, and the other half through the melt of freshwater ice from the Antarctic continent into the ocean.

Our appreciation for this new information on deep ocean warming, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration and University of Washington researchers. We share in the sincere hope that such evidence leads to rapid actions to reverse these far-reaching environmental consequences.

In an interview published in the July 12, 2009 edition of the Irish Sunday Independent, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed her concern about the outcomes of rising ocean temperatures and urged for humanity’s necessary counter-measures.

Supreme Master Ching Hai : A group of scientists from the International Alliance of Research Universities just published findings saying that the rate of sea level rise and oceanic warming are both substantially higher than what the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, estimated just a couple of years ago.

I sat in the seaside of one of the very big, famous city and nation – rich, prosperous, prestigious seaside. And suddenly it dawned into my head, questioning, "My God, 4 years later, will this city still exist?" And I just shook my head, I don’t want to see any vision about it.

It is better we concentrate on the solution to save the Earth. We can still do it. If everyone becomes part of the solution, which is the organic life-saving vegan diet.

But if we do not act now to spare life and offer our kindness, the course of the Earth will follow some of the most dire predictions already made by scientists, in terms of immense sea level rise, poisonous gas release, and massive extinctions that, of course, could include us humans.

So, let us all act now to ensure the future that we want, and the one we want for our children. That is Be Veg, Go Green 2 Save the Planet.