12/30/2014 11:56 am ET

Ocean Warming: Probing A Blue Abyss

Probing a blue abyss can be an abysmal recipe for the blues.

For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. There, the effects of global warming bite into fisheries, ecosystems and ice. But those effects are largely imperceptible to humans — as invisible to a landlubber as an albatross chomping on a baited hook at the end of a long line.

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