Despite overwhelming evidence and consensus within the scientific community, politically global warming is still considered a controversial subject.
The facts speak for themselves. Global warming is real. It is here. It is now. It is not an itty-bitty, wishy-washy “climate change.” It is Global and it is Warming.
17 out of 18 hottest years on record, dating since 1880, occurred since 2001, which makes every single year since 2001 the hottest year on record this far.
Melting of the ice is a major concern. In the years from 2002 to 2006 Greenland lost estimated 60 cubic miles of ice, while Arctic shed 36 cubic miles in roughly the same time period. To put it in perspective, a swimming pool the length and width of a football field and on average 6’ deep contains 0.000002 cubic miles of water. In just four years from 2002 and 2006 Greenland lost 30 million such swimming pools.
Massive ice loss has already resulted in the sea level rise of 7-8” since 1993, putting coastal cities and island countries at risk.
Global record high-temperature events are on the rise, while the record low-temperature events are decreasing in numbers. We are experiencing a shift in climate extremes toward hotter temperatures.
Average temperature rose by 2 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 100 years—a catastrophe in the making. That disturbing fact prompted the publication of the Climate Science Special Report, which names human activity as the most likely cause of global warming. The human activity factor has been a contentious issue in this debate, although we as the mankind will have to survive through the existential threat that global warming presents regardless who or what caused it.