Really disturbing, this would be the expression that sums up the problem of global warming today. And according to a recent study, it was estimated that the impact of global warming is comparable to the explosion of an atomic bomb per second. A pretty cruel statistic.
According to Proceedings magazine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The concentration of greenhouse gases has led to our oceans largely absorbing all the heat of the planet. This causes the rapid global warming of the oceans. That ends up causing climate changes throughout the planet.
After averaging the effect of greenhouse gases. It was established that in the last 150 years a quantifiable impact has been generated at 1.5 explosions of atomic bombs per second.
The average “atomic” damage does not stop increasing
Dana Nuccitelli, a renowned environmental scientist, has indicated that carbon emissions have been strongly boosted in recent decades. With regard to the thermal effect that this supposes for the Earth, the comparison of this increase with the explosions that an atomic bomb would have, have grown exponentially.
That is, on average in the last 150 years we find one atomic bomb per second. But if we focus only on the last few years, Earth would be receiving the impact of up to 36 atomic bombs per second. That is to say, the real damage that the planet has been facing has taken shape in these last decades.
Meanwhile, Laure Zanna, a professor at the University of Oxford, points out an even more surprising fact. The total temperature that has been absorbed by the oceans during the last century is equivalent to 1,000 times the annual energy consumption worldwide.
Are we approaching our own extinction?
All these comparisons make clear the way global warming is devastating the planet. Yes, the comparison and relationship established when taking the atomic bomb as a reference can be a frightening fact, but it is really a very clear way of exemplifying the situation.
The sea and the oceans have suffered the most heat from the planet. The global warming absorption level is estimated to be 90%. This would imply in the long term, that added to the thaw of the poles, the sea level would increase.
It will be the coastal cities that would be most at risk if the average “atomic bombs”, in terms of global warming, continue to affect the planet at the same rate.