Annual checkup of Earth’s climate says we’re in hotter wate

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2014 file photo, a fishing boat heads out to the Atlantic Ocean near Miami as dark c
Clouds loom in the distance. In the annual detailed physical for Earth’s climate, scientists noted the world is in increasingly hot and rising water. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society’s annual state of the climate delved into the hot details of already reported record-smashing warmth globally in 2014, giving special attention to the world’s oceans. (AP Photo /Wilfredo Lee)

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their annual, detailed physical of Earth’s climate, scientists say the world is in increasingly hot and rising water.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Meteorological Society’s annual state of the climate report, released Thursday, delves into the details of already reported record-smashing warmth globally in 2014, giving special attention to the world’s oceans.

NOAA climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt, co-editor of the report, said the seas last year “were just ridiculous.”

The report said ocean surface temperatures were the warmest in 135 years of records, with the seas holding record levels of heat energy down to 2,300 feet below the surface. Sea level also hit modern highs, partly because warmer water expands.

About 93 percent of the man-made heat energy from the burning of fossil fuels went into the world’s oceans, said NOAA oceanographer Greg Johnson. And that heat energy trapped in the ocean affects all sorts of weather, including providing more fuel for tropical cyclones, said Tom Karl, director of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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