/ 18 June 2021

It’s gettin’ hot in here…

The Earth is trapping more heat in its atmosphere, and that’s a problem because it means more rapidly warming oceans, air and land, according to researchers from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (try saying that 5 times fast…). Researchers measured the difference between how much energy the planet absorbs from the sun and how much it radiates back out into space. They found that the amount of heat the Earth trapped has doubled between 2005 and 2019. That’s because of factors like a decrease in cloud coverage and sea ice (which reflects solar energy back into space) and the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. And that extra heat – especially in the oceans – will mean more intense hurricanes and marine heatwaves in the future. Happy Friday…

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