Climate change due to human activities has direct consequences. It affects the environment, health, disrupting the food supply chain, and more. A new study has said that energy imbalance doubled has more than doubled in a little more than a decade. The study was conducted by the American space agency NASA. It said that heat trapped by land, ocean, and atmosphere on Earth has increased twofold in just 14 years. It said that the amount of heat that was trapped in 2005 in Earth doubled in 2019. The study has directly blamed human-induced climate change. It said that the menace is a threat to clean air, water, food, and biodiversity.
NASA researchers used the data gathered from two independent measurements to understand the energy imbalance. They compared data from the agency’s Clouds and Earth’s Radiant Energy System and Argo. Argo is an array of ocean floats. This helped them to accurately measure the speed at which oceans are heating. Researchers said that the trends show a real phenomenon. They are not only instrumental artifacts. NASA said that the methods adopted by the team of looking at changes in energy imbalance are really good. The findings are a matter of concern for humanity. It also raises an alarm over rapid industrialization causing global warming.
The study said that greenhouse gas emissions have increased. Researchers noted that carbon dioxide and methane trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere. There has been a rise in the levels due to human activity. The emissions capture radiation that escapes into space. This causes the warming of the atmosphere and drives changes. Overall, it impacts the planet’s energy imbalance. The study said that the change in energy imbalance is partly due to the rise in greenhouse gases. The trapping of radiation in atmosphere due to human activity gives rise to water vapor and contributes to imbalance. The study added that drops in clouds and sea ice also lead to more absorption of solar radiation.