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U.S. Govt. Panel of Scientists Share Real-Time Climate Change Effects

Diane Lilli

Global climate is changing. Most of the warming of the past half-century is due to human activities. Some types of extreme weather are increasing, ice is melting on land and sea, and sea level is rising

The future of Earth, as reported by 99.9 percent of all scientists around the globe, is growing dimmer by the day.
Climate change is here - and a group of scientists studying the impact of real-time and future climate change have released a report that is not only daunting but frightening.

The report backs up the 99.8 percent of ALL scientists in the world who have been warning global leaders to cut back on emissions and other human habits that are damaging our Earth to the point where living on our planet may not be sustainable.

Here is a link to the report. As part of their introduction, the scientists wrote:
"Since the second National Climate Assessment was published in 2009, the climate has continued to change, with resulting effects on the United States. The trends described in the 2009 report have continued, and our understanding of the data and ability to model the many facets of the climate system have increased substantially. Several noteworthy advances are mentioned below:

Continued warming and an increased understanding of the U.S. temperature record, as well as multiple other sources of evidence, have strengthened our confidence in the conclusions that the warming trend is clear and primarily the result of human activities. For the contiguous United States, the last decade was the warmest on record, and 2012 was the warmest year on record.
Heavy precipitation and extreme heat events are increasing in a manner consistent with model projections; the risks of such extreme events will rise in the future.
The sharp decline in summer Arctic sea ice has continued, is unprecedented, and is consistent with human-induced climate change. A new record for minimum area of Arctic sea ice was set in 2012.
A longer and better-quality history of sea level rise has increased confidence that recent trends are unusual and human-induced. Limited knowledge of ice sheet dynamics leads to a broad range for projected sea level rise over this century.
New approaches to building scenarios of the future have allowed for investigations of the implications of larger reductions in heat trapping gas emissions than examined previously."


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