• Jonathan Shiek

Scientists Warn That Earth May Get 1.5° Hotter In 10 Years’ Time, Which Is Way Sooner Than Exp

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but apart from this seemingly never-ending pandemic, we may also need to prepare ourselves for another impending threat that could be hitting us much sooner than expected – global warming.

According to the latest report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global temperatures are expected to rise by 1.5 to 2°C in the next two decades. This is pretty much a deterioration from the 2015 Paris Agreement that aims to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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In case you need to know the severity of the situation we’re in, the IPCC report also highlighted that the past five years have been the hottest ever record since pre-industrial times in 1850. Our sea levels are also rising at an alarming rate, having nearly tripled compared with 1901 to 1971.

If we don’t address this problem immediately, IPCC predicts that the Arctic region may experience ice-free conditions in September at least once before the year 2050. Imagine the Arctic, with no ice, that’s how scary this is. That’s not all, climate change is also expected to cause severe rainfalls and flooding as well as intense droughts in many regions.

And the scariest part of all this is that these consequences are largely irreversible, there’s no going back. Which is why global leaders and policymakers need to step up now more than ever and take action to curb fossil fuel consumption, deforestation, and other disastrous activities. And as for us normal folks, we can play our part by trying to reduce our carbon footprint, use renewable sources of energy, and practice sustainability when and where we can.


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