Oceans around the world grew to their most acidic levels and warmest temperatures on record last year. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) made the announcement on Wednesday. In their annual State of the Global Climate report, oceans were detailed in a range of turmoil brought by climate change.
The report said melting ice sheets had pushed sea levels to new heights in 2021 as well. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement “our climate is changing before out eyes. THe heat trapped by human-induced greenhouse gases will warm the planet for many generations to come,”
Globally, the average temperature last year was 1.11 C above the preindustrial average. The world is slowly getting closer to the 1.5 C threshold in which the effects of warming are expected to become severe. Bodies of water absorb around 90 per cent of the Earth’s accumulated heat and 23 per cent of the carbon dioxide emissions.
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