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What If Global Warming Continues? 8 Claims Made By Climate Change Scientists

By    |   Friday, 06 Feb 2015 01:50 PM

Global warming skeptics do not believe there is scientific consensus on climate change, nor that it is man-made. However, many scientists do agree that if the temperature continues to rise, it will have a significant, negative impact on human health, the economy, and the environment.

Here are eight claims made by climate change scientists:

1. Based on scientific research on global climate change, NASA states, "The models predict that as the world consumes ever more fossil fuel, greenhouse gas concentrations will continue to rise, and Earth's average surface temperature will rise with them. Based on a range of plausible emission scenarios, average surface temperatures could rise between 2°C and 6°C by the end of the 21st century."

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2. The Union of Concerned Scientists issued a 2014 report in which they claim global warming is putting national landmarks at risk. Landmarks in danger include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Johnson Space Center in Texas, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument. According to UCS, the report "highlights 30 at-risk locations chosen because the science behind the risks they face is robust, and because together they shine a spotlight on the different kinds of climate impacts already affecting the United States' cultural heritage."

3. Scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their Fifth Assessment Report on global warming. According to IPPC, "Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems."

4. According to scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, "Many greenhouse gases stay in the atmosphere for long periods of time. As a result, even if emissions stopped increasing, atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations would continue to increase and remain elevated for hundreds of years."

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5. Scientist Adam Sobel and author of "Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future" addresses the issue of continued global warming and hurricanes. According to Sobel "scientists are confident that hurricanes will become more intense due to climate change." This is because hurricanes get their energy from the "temperature difference between the warm tropical ocean and the cold upper atmosphere. Global warming increases that temperature difference," reports Live Science.

6. A 2015 report in The New York Times refutes global warming skeptics and quotes Michael H. Freilich, director of earth sciences at NASA. "Climate change is perhaps the major challenge of our generation."

7. The same New York Times report quotes Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University. "It is exceptionally unlikely that we would be witnessing a record year of warmth, during a record-warm decade, during a several decades-long period of warmth that appears to be unrivaled for more than a thousand years, were it not for the rising levels of planet-warming gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels."

8. The National Snow and Ice Data center reports, "The Arctic's sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent on September 17, 2014. Sea ice extent on that day was measured at 5.02 million square kilometers (1.94 million square miles). It was the sixth-lowest extent recorded since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979."

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