If you’ve followed us here, or simply follow the news, then you know that climate change is currently a hot topic, literally. We even discussed climate change in one of our most recent podcast episodes, which you can listen to here. Simply put, the world is warming, even if parts of America may be experiencing extreme cold weather this week. Many major climate change studies have come out in recent months supporting this, warning of dire consequences if action isn’t taken about global warming. And as new research shows, the news isn’t getting any better.
According to The Atlantic, Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit research group, published its annual temperature analysis last week, and found that 2018 was the hottest year ever recorded in Antarctica. This follows other studies that have also found that 2018 was one of the hottest years on record. The Atlantic continues:
But the report contains plenty of records worth noting in their own right. 2018 was the hottest year ever recorded in Antarctica, a finding with worrisome implications for sea-level rise. Twenty-nine countries—including France, Germany, Italy, Greece, and the United Arab Emirates, where temperatures hit 123 degrees Fahrenheit in June—experienced their warmest year ever last year, too.
The report also underscores that climate change has already begun—and that we are running out of time to keep it under control. It finds that Earth was about 1.16 degrees Celsius warmer in 2018 than it was during the late-19th century. Last year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that if global warming exceeds 1.5 degrees Celsius—just 0.4 degrees Celsius above where we are now—then widespread environmental upheaval could result. Perhaps as soon as 2040, climate change could leave hundreds of millions of people with scarce food and water.
Read the full story on The Atlantic.
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