A new study conducted by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers suggest that, since 2005, the quantity of heat trapped by the planet has approximately doubled.
That is contributing to warming air, oceans, and land alike.
The scientists who conducted the research mentioned that the scale of the event is unprecedented.
Satellite data helped the researchers measure the planet’s energy imbalance, which is the difference between the absorbed energy from the sun and the radiated energy back into space.
In 2005, estimates suggested a positive imbalance of approximately 0.5 watts per square meter of energy from the sun, and in 2019, the imbalance reached one watt per square meter.
Gregory Johnson, NOAA oceanographer and co-author of the study, said that the energy difference is enormous.
According to him, it is roughly as everybody on Earth using 20 electric tea kettles simultaneously.
The team must conduct additional research to figure out the factors behind the increase. Still, there is proof that an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and a decrease in cloud cover and sea ice may be part of it, plus the cyclical climate variations.
However, according to Johnson, there is one aspect that they are entirely positive about – Humans are somewhat responsible for the phenomenon.
It is unpleasant to see how the planet is silently decaying in front of us (and mainly due to us) and also observe that we don’t do anything about it.
Numerous organizations are trying to put an end to the factors that come into play for such phenomenons, but without a collective effort, their attempts are in vain.
Numerous studies showed that global warming reached a dangerous point, and many scientists think that we’ve reached a point of no return.