Researchers also found that ocean temperatures are increasing at an accelerating rate [Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP]

The world’s oceans last year reached the highest temperature ever recorded, and the rate at which they are warming is speeding up, according to a new study.

The ocean temperature last year was about 0.075 degrees Celsius (0.135 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1981-2010 average, the research published in the Chinese journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences said on Tuesday.


“This measured ocean warming is irrefutable and is further proof of global warming,” said Cheng Lijing, the paper’s lead author and associate professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

“There are no reasonable alternatives aside from the human emissions of heat-trapping gases to explain this heating,” Cheng

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