Earth's Energy Imbalance: Confirmation and Implications

  title={Earth's Energy Imbalance: Confirmation and Implications},
  author={J. Hansen and L. Nazarenko and R. Ruedy and M. Sato and J. Willis and A. D. Del Genio and D. Koch and A. Lacis and K. Lo and S. Menon and T. Novakov and J. Perlwitz and G. Russell and G. Schmidt and N. Tausnev},
  pages={1431 - 1435}
  • J. Hansen, L. Nazarenko, +12 authors N. Tausnev
  • Published 2005
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Science
  • Our climate model, driven mainly by increasing human-made greenhouse gases and aerosols, among other forcings, calculates that Earth is now absorbing 0.85 ± 0.15 watts per square meter more energy from the Sun than it is emitting to space. This imbalance is confirmed by precise measurements of increasing ocean heat content over the past 10 years. Implications include (i) the expectation of additional global warming of about 0.6°C without further change of atmospheric composition; (ii) the… CONTINUE READING
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