Our oceans were hottest in 2018. That’s chilling!

Jan 17, 2019, 7:30 AM EST
(Source: Shannon Kringen/flickr)
(Source: Shannon Kringen/flickr)

According to a research published in the journal “Advances in Atmospheric Sciences,” the year 2018 was the hottest ever recorded for our oceans since record-keeping began in 1958, a finding that forms an “incontrovertible proof that the Earth is warming.”

To put the magnitude of global ocean warming in context, the study explains that the increase in ocean heat between 2017 and 2018 was 388 times the amount of electricity produced by China in 2017, writes Eco Watch.

Warmer oceans could have serious implications both for human populations and marine lives. High oceanic temperatures result in sea-level rise, major hurricanes with heavier rainfall, coral bleaching and stronger waves, threatening coastal communities, marine ecosystems and maritime transport, notes CNN.

The latest study comes from the same scientists, who revealed last week that the planet’s oceans are warming at 40 percent faster rate than previously thought.