'We're all in big trouble': Climate panel sees a dire future

'We're all in big trouble': Climate panel sees a dire future

'We're all in big trouble': Climate panel sees a dire future

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate changed that was provided while the world leaders met at the United Nations said that the water level at the sea is rising at a great speed due to the meltdown of ice and snow and the ocean water is getting much more acidic and the oxygen level is dropping.

Icebergs in the Arctic Ocean, near Greenland.

Everything is about to change as the current survey blames the climate change, says the assessment by the United Nations. I've read the entire 45-page summary for policymakers, and now summarizing the highlights for you here.

-Arctic sea ice in September, the annual low point, is down nearly 13% per decade since 1979.

Arctic and boreal permafrost hold vast amounts of ancient carbon and could significantly increase the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere if they thaw.

The oceans absorb more than 90% of the excess heat from carbon pollution in the air, as well as much of the carbon dioxide itself. (Not in the report, but something I want to add: were it not for that fact that Earth's surface is about 75% ocean, the warming over land where you and I live would be significantly higher).

An IPCC report this past year on global warming of 1.5 levels had stated the results of a 1.5 level increase includes heating of intense temperatures in several areas, increases in frequency, intensity, and volume of significant precipitation in many regions.

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Ocean warming and acidification, the loss of oxygen and changes in nutrient supplies are already hitting marine ecosystems hard. As a result of which, the coastal cities experience regular flooding due to high tides in the sea.

"In a high emissions scenario, many ocean and cryosphere-dependent communities are projected to face adaptation limits (e.g. biophysical, geographical, financial, technical, social, political and institutional) during the second half of the 21st century", the report found.

Prof Glavovic, one of more than 100 authors from 36 countries who worked on the report, said sea level rise was an immediate and real issue, not a problem for future generations to worry about.

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The report, which has referenced almost 7,000 research papers according to the newspaper, states that with the accelerating rate at which the ice is melting, the sea levels are rising faster than the pace previously estimated.

The paper, published previous year, made headlines worldwide as it stated that the ocean was absorbing 60% more heat than previously thought, potentially impacting global warming.

The total mass of animals in the world's ocean could decrease by 15% and the maximum catch potential of fisheries could fall by up to 24% by the end of the century.

"The No. 1 thing we need to do is slow the emission of greenhouse gases so that the climate change slows down", Nancy Anningson, coastal adaption co-ordinator with the Ecology Action Centre, said of the Halifax-based environmental charity's response to the IPCC report. We are probably at a tipping point now that if we don't both control what's happening and start to prepare, it's going to happen faster than we can adapt to it.

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