Saturday, March 25, 2017

Warnings Of A Changing Climate: A Global View

• The science of climate change has made a lot of progress over the last decades. The predictions on climate change do not come from a few individuals but from a large number of leading scientists all over the world undertaking research in different fields from geological/biological surveys to atmospheric monitoring (In 1988 the IPCC was created for this purpose)

• All the data collected from these different fields and independent studies point to the same conclusion that our climate is rapidly changing at an unprecedented rate mostly due to the action of man

• There are two levels of evidences for climate change: one which is a long term trend (the most reliable) and evidences which are already happening within our lifespan. We are starting to observe noticeable evidences and signs of climate change happening at present which are a growing concern as their frequency and strength are predicted to increase significantly throughout the century

Heat Waves
In 2003 Europe experienced the hottest summers on record causing widespread drought claiming the lives of over 30,000 people. In 2009 the state of Victoria in Australia has seen its highest temperatures ever recorded (>27°C) which facilitated the spread of the worst and most deadly fires in its recent history.

More intense and frequent storms. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina swept the US Coast as a Category 5 Hurricane. 2008 was the most active hurricane season in US recorded history

In 2008 India experienced its strongest monsoon in 50 years causing widespread floods and displacing millions of people

2008 Australia experienced its worst drought in a century which affected food prices around the world

Source of Information : Climate Change: A Silent Threat by Sylvain Richer de Forges
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