A group from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories concluded that climate change has altered the chemistry of our Earth’s oceans. It seems that water with higher salt content is getting saltier and fresh water is becoming fresher; there is no balance. What is causing this? Well researchers are trying to solve this mystery.
By using models covering 11,000 years and data from 50 modern years, they have concluded that these salinization and temperature changes are caused by human activity. Their study looked at information gathered from 1955-2004. According to insidescience.org, ultimately what the researchers found was that “changes were consistent with those expected from human effects on the climate, which arise primarily from anthropogenically induced changes in greenhouse gases and aerosols.”
Not only that, they also found that the intensity of storms was also affected due to human activity. “Warm air holds more water, and that provides the fuel for storms,” said Ray Schmitt, an oceanographer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. In the end this will produce more intense hurricanes and tornadoes, while bringing drought to other parts of the world.