A new study conducted by James Hansen, the world’s most famous climate scientists, and 16 other acclaimed co-authors found that our planet’s future looks even grimmer than previously predicted.
The research team warns that the glaciers found in Greenland and in Antarctica are set to melt 10 times quicker than experts have estimated in the past. What this means is that in just 50 years the planet’s sea levels will rise 10 feet the very least. All it takes for the scenario to come into fruition is a rise in temperature of just two degrees Celsius.
While the study has not been reviewed by peers yet, the climate scientists associated with the project are prestigious enough that the study has caused many people to worry about the future of the our oceans, the future of our animals, as well as the future of human beings.
Te experts explained that their findings put an emphasis on the Southern Ocean’s feedback loop. They warn that if the ocean keeps accumulating heat, this will cause even more ice shelves in Greenland and in Antarctica to melt. Soon after this, we will reach a point where avoiding “large scale ice sheet disintegration” will become impossible, and the sea level will rise several meters, at least.
And as these large amounts of cold, fresh water make their way into the sea, they will inevitably decrease the salinity of the ocean, a phenomenon that will be observed at both poles, and the overturning circulation of our oceans could be blocked forever.
At the same time, warm water will be hidden deep below the cold surface layer of the Arctic Ocean. This will cause the ice to melt even faster and the inability to move ocean heat towards higher latitudes will turn most places on the planet into tropical areas.
The study results point at a future where winter storms have a great intensity, natural catastrophes are common occurrences, and all of the planet’s costal cities are rendered uninhabitable.
James Hansen hopes that the findings of this study will persuade government officials and large organizations to take action and incite change.
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