December 18, 2010 1:53 AM

Commentary: The oceans' SOS

The ocean is our global heat reservoir and one of two major carbon dioxide sinks. If you agree that humans are trapping heat and carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere - and 53 years of rigorous observations at Scripps and other research institutions show that we are - then the ocean must be at the very center of the climate discussion. But it rarely is.

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