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According to one of the study’s authors, glaciers “[o]nce you push these glaciers out of equilibrium because of a large warming wave, it’s difficult to bring them back to where they were before…It’s almost like the damage has already been done.”
If all of Greenland’s ice melts into the ocean, Popular Science explains that global sea levels would rise by around 24 feet. At a six-foot sea level rise, most of the world’s coastal cities would be flooded with water, and 650 million people would be displaced.
Arctic warming is happening twice as fast as warming in other regions — causing the permafrost there to melt and that results in a feedback loop that leads to even more melting.
The study also finds that while there may be some benefits that are experienced in the warming Arctic, such as shorter shipping routes and the opportunity for more mineral resource extraction, the economic losses are significantly greater than the economic benefits of those gains.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report from the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law reveals that bold state leadership has been the primary source of progress in the United States’ response to the climate crisis, particularly in the absence of federal action in recent years. NYU’s findings […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry will be the first Biden administration official to visit China, leading up to President Biden’s virtual Earth Day Leaders Summit. Kerry will be visiting Shanghai and Seoul, South Korea, to discuss “raising global climate ambition” with government officials. Kerry has told reporters that he is “hopeful [but] not confident at […]
On Monday, The New York Times (NYT) and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published extensive editorials on the climate provisions of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. The two headlines say it all. The NYT’s read “Trump Abandoned the Climate. This Is Biden’s Moment,” while the WSJ’s called the plan “The Green New Deal, In Disguise.” […]
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