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Answered 2015-12-25 00:46:38

80% of the heat in the planet's ecosystem is stored in the oceans, and more than 90% of the global warming (see link: infographic on where global warming is going - John Cook). The oceans have been generally getting warmer over the last 40 years (see link: ocean and global warming - John Cook). This effect can be measured directly by buoys that sink through the ocean, measuring water temperature at different depths, and indirectly through thermal expansion.

The oceans act as a heat sink and provide a damping effect on the increase in atmospheric temperatures due to global warming. Unfortunately, this means that atmospheric temperatures are likely to continue to rise for some time even if we we manage to stabilise greenhouse gases. However the more greenhouse gases we realease, the higher the final temperature will eventually be.

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