Gallery: New Government Report Shows the Impact of Global Warming is Al...


The impact of global warming is impossible to miss: from super storms to super droughts, there is hardly any area untouched by climate change. Globally, the average temperature has risen by 1.5 degrees – 80-percent of this rise came after 1980, and the last decade was the warmest on record. To understand the impact of this warming, the US Department of Commerce commissions a report every 4-years, though no reports were submitted during the presidency of George W. Bush. The report for this year includes 240 scientists from various areas across the US including NASA and the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. The report gives concrete evidence that global warming has already impacted the US, and it shows that the effects of climate change are only going to get worse.

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  1. bthinker January 15, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Good article Kristine, I think tempurature rise and acidification in even the next 15-20 years could reach some tipping/boiling points. When Antartica loses it’s ice it will essentially double the current CO2 level. As our planet itself is a complex organism with volcanoes to cleanse/sterilize it’s surface when over heated/CO2ed, I see the host responding quite soon(this decade) in this fashion. With the eruptions, comes further acidfication and some cooling(depending on size), causing further decay/breakdown of the current life/inhabitants. If a supervolcano such as the Yellowstone Caldera becomes active(takes 3 months)it’s dischrage could drop the oceans to 1.9pH. If it plays out in this exact way in the next 20 years I can’t say with much validity but the likelihood of it will be there.
    The people of Earth are too busy trying to profit maximally off tiering technological advancement that they may very well be dooming the future.
    We’re currently mimicing the Paleocene–Eocene world preceding the exiction in acidification. I can’t be the only one aware of the levels and with the ability to look at the past..

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