"Because the ocean has already absorbed 82 percent of the total additional energy accumulated in the planet due to global warming, it is fair to say that the ocean has already spared us from dangerous climate change," says Patricio Bernal, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, IOC Executive Secretary.
http://portal.unesco.org/science/en/ev.php-URL_ID=7970&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html