Ocean Temperatures Rising, But There Is More Than One Cause

August 21, 2009

Global (ChattahBox) – The temperature of the world’s oceans have risen significantly this season, causing warm water trips for vacationers, but alarm for researchers.

The average global temperature was at 62.6 F, a 1.1 degree average increase, with some areas getting as high as 88 F. These temperatures are the highest in recorded history, with the last record high in 1998.

The majority of the problem is due to global warming, researchers say. But worsening storms and random weather fluctuations are contributing to the problem, warming the waters, causing more hurricane activity, and further destroying the already threatened coral reefs.

Scientists also worry that the warming water with speed up the dangerous melting of polar ice caps.

Another worry is that the warming is triggering the release of methane, which will further contribute to global warming, which is the leading cause of the problem in the first place.

The warming water is expected to continue on, with further increases coming year by year.



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