Two unsurprising but important stories in The Washington Post
this week. Average air and ocean temperatures continue to rise
. “The year 2021 was the seventh in a row in which global temperatures were more than 1 degree Celsius above the preindustrial average. It’s unlikely anyone alive will see the world’s temperature drop below that 1-degree benchmark again,” noted the story from January 14
, written by Sarah Kaplan with graphics by John Muyskens.
Meanwhile, more new data confirms ocean-temp rise continues as well: “A new analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, showed that oceans contained the most heat energy in 2021 since measurements began six decades ago — accelerating at a rate only possible because of human-emitted greenhouse gases.” (See link below to story by Kasha Patel.)
Hotter temperatures on land produce obvious dire effects. The ocean “tries” to absorb the greenhouse gases we pump into the atmosphere, but can only absorb so much of it, and the absorption causes water temps to rise. In the ocean, warmer temps put stress on marine ecosystems, promote larger, more extreme storms, and exacerbate ocean level rise (because warmer water expands).
Shout out to family friend and Calvin University alum John Muyskens for his graphics work on the Jan. 14 story!