TIMOTHY MCDONALD: John Lyman says oceanic warming is in the order of 0.16 of a degree Celsius. He says that might not sound like much but it's actually very significant.Although they get close to the facts and admission of the truth at the end of the item...
JOHN LYMAN: Five-hundred 100-watt light bulbs per person on earth burning continuously - that would be the trend we've seen over the last 16 years just being sucked up by the ocean.
But I like to think of it in units of bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and that would be over about 16 years two billion of those bombs. So it's a heroic job the ocean does sucking up that signal at the top of the atmosphere.
TIMOTHY MCDONALD: Susan Wijffels says oceanic warming could have a significant impact, especially for Australia.
SUSAN WIJFFELS: If we continue to emit at those very high levels there are a lot of very serious implications for our environment - potentially quite large sea level rise part of which is driven by ocean warming and the expansion of the ocean due to that warming; but also for the marine environment such as coral reefs.
So if we continue to emit at these very high levels we can expect into the next few decades fairly serious consequences.
TIMOTHY MCDONALD: John Lyman says the study can't explain why the increase in warming seems to have slowed in recent years.More here.
He says it may be due to new equipment but it could also be a natural fluctuation within the warming trend.