According to a new study carried out by scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, our planet is about to witness a new period where the rate of rise in global temperatures could shoot up to a level not seen in the last 1,000 years.
The accelerated rise in temperature would affect all countries. However, the Arctic region, which is already losing at a steady rate, is likely to be the worst-hit.
The study found that by 2020, the rate at which temperatures are rising globally could cross 0.45 degrees Fahrenheit per decade, surpassing the historical bounds of the past 1,000 years. What is more, if the emission of greenhouse house gases is not checked, the rate of warming could go further up – 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.
Researchers found that most places around the world are completely outside their natural temperature range. Moreover, regional rates of change in Europe, North America and the Arctic are much higher than the global average.
According to the study, the Arctic, which is already the fastest warming part of Earth and is experiencing thinning and shrinking of its ice cover, will see temperatures rise by 1.1 degrees Fahrenheit per decade by 2040.
The study also adds that people will have to get adjusted to living in a warmer world, and that certain things that have become staples within the modern world might be challenged, as coastlines, and water supplies are changed and stressed with the changing climate.
It is extremely important to realize that global warming poses grave danger for the world. Along with an increase in production, the new period of global warming could lead to an overall impact that will be greater than it ever was.
Source: Pioneer News