We’ve been hearing about climate change and the adverse affect it would have on our environment, but most of us have turned our backs on the issue, continuing to lead our normal lives and pollute the planet.
But it’s high time we wake up and smell the coffee. Climate change is no longer just dangerous; it could prove catastrophic, according to a report by The Guardian.
Professor Steven Sherwood, who led research into the phenomenon, said that planet would warm up by four degrees centigrade by the year 2100. This is two times higher than the level governments deem as dangerous.
Caption: The map shows the 10-year average (2000–2009) global mean temperature anomaly relative to the 1951–1980 mean. The largest temperature increases are in the Arctic and the Antarctic Peninsula – Wikipedia
"4C would likely be catastrophic rather than simply dangerous," Sherwood emphasized. "For example, it would make life difficult, if not impossible, in much of the tropics, and would guarantee the eventual melting of the Greenland ice sheet and some of the Antarctic ice sheet, with sea levels rising by many meters as a result,” he pointed out.
With fewer clouds forming as the planet warms, less sunlight is reflected back into space and this would drive temperatures up further still.
"Rises in global average temperatures of [at least 4C by 2100] will have profound impacts on the world and the economies of many countries if we don't urgently start to curb our emissions,” Sherwood warns.
So yes folks, it is time we address the elephant in the room and take global warming seriously; if not for ourselves, at least for future generations. The planet is worth saving for them.