What a shame if -due to Climate Change- stunning photos like the one below would be all that is left for next generations.
An iceberg photographed on the Antarctic Peninsula. Note the “castle tower,” at top right, apparently carved in the ice by wind erosion. (2005.). Courtesy of TED and Sebastiao Salgado
Today the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their final report on Climate Change. The main (but selected) conclusions are shocking:
- It is ‘extremely likely’ – with at least 95 per cent certainty – that humans are the main cause of rising temperatures since the 1950s.
- Each of the past three decades has been successively warmer than any preceding decade since 1850.
- Sea levels have risen by 19cm on average since 1901, with the rate of increase higher than in the previous two millennia.
- Concentrations of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented for at least 800,000 years.
- Around 30 per cent of the carbon dioxide emitted has been absorbed by the oceans, which has the effect of making them more acidic.
- Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes ranging from melting ice sheets to sea level rises.
- Sea levels are expected to rise by between 26cm (10 inches) and 82cm (32 inches) by the end of the century.
- Climate change will also affect rainfall, with extreme rainstorms expected to get more intense and more frequent by the end of the century.
- Most aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of carbon dioxide are stopped.
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