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Scientists say ocean warming due to climate change will continue 'for millennia'

Rising sea levels, freak storms, and other consequences of hotter and hotter ocean temperatures aren't going anywhere for at least a couple thousand years or so, The Guardian reports.

U.S. government climate scientists released the annual State of the Climate report on Thursday, which takes into account research from more than 400 scientists across 58 countries. Their findings?

"Even if we were to freeze greenhouse gases at current levels, the sea would actually continue to warm for centuries and millennia," Greg Johnson, an oceanographer with Noaa's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, told The Guardian.

The findings on 2014's climate woes are in line with four separate, earlier reports that hailed the year as the hottest on record.