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COP 16 RADM. Titley – Global Warming, Polar Ice Melt, Rising Sea Levels, Ocean Acidification

COP 16 CANCUN – US Navy RAdm. David Titley:

He asks 3 questions:

Does the United States navy believe climate change is real?
If we do, how does it affect the United States Navy, relative to our role in National Security?
Finally, if both of those are yes, what’s the Navy doing about it?

When he talks about climate change, you don’t have to look at models and projections, you can just take a look today at what the world today is doing.

85% (give or take) of the heat that is gone into the earth-ocean system, in the last 100 to 150 years or so, is in fact not in the atmosphere, it’s in the ocean, so his message to the science community, is that if we want to understand the mechanisms of climate change, it’s very ability and it’s impact.
The key is in the ocean. We really have to understand what’s going on in the ocean and all the feedback.

By the middle of the century, we have shipping transit routes through the arctic.

40% of Carbon Dioxide ends up in the ocean, which makes the oceans acidic, and therefore, how do ocean ecosystems adjust to this increase in acidity?

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