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Globe's 'Missing Warming' Found in the Ocean

Science  24 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5461, pp. 2126-2127
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5461.2126

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Records of deep-ocean temperature have been too spotty to pick out clear trends that would confirm or disprove the greenhouse hypothesis. Now, on page 2225 of this issue of Science, physical oceanographers rummaging through piles of neglected data report that they have turned up millions of old, deep-ocean temperature measurements, enough to draw up oceanic fever charts that confirm the climate models' predicted ocean warming, lending credibility to the belief that most of the warming in the 20th century is anthropogenic.