Study: Climate change pushed ocean temperatures to record high in 2020

ABC.net.auClimate change pushed ocean temperatures to record high in 2020, study finds. The world’s oceans absorbed 20 sextillion joules of heat due to climate change in 2020 and warmed to record levels, a study has found.

Key points:

  • Last year the world’s oceans absorbed 20 zettajoules of heat
  • Higher ocean temperatures can lead to an increase in extreme weather
  • Seas are warming at twice the global average in Australia’s south-east

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