At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.
The year 2014 went down as the warmest year since records began, but it is likely that 2015 will go beyond that level. Scientists believe that 2016 is ook shaping up as a very hot year and they expect that the one degree margin will become more firmly established in the coming years. “
Yesterday, The UK BBC reported that the world’s temperature has been risen over 1degree Celsius. If this is true, the world would be half way towards 2C, the gateway to dangerous warming.
The year 2015 continues the boundary of one degree away.
“This is the first time we’re set to reach the 1C marker and it’s clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory,” said Professor Stephen Belcher from the Met Office.
Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University in The Guardian. “The Arctic has always been regarded as a bellwether because of the vicious circle that amplify human-caused warming in that particular region. And it is sending out a clear warning.”
When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.
Sea-level rise is a dynamic phenomenon. Historical experience indicates that sea level rise occurs in spurts. In the next several decades, California’s greatest coastal impacts are likely to be caused when an El Niño event, large storms, and high tides coming together. Read More
Latin America suffers from the worst drought in decades. The largely failed harvests and rapidly shrinking cattle herds in several countries lead to serious food shortages. Famine threatens hundreds of thousands of families. Read More