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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.
The world’s richest one percent cause more than double the CO2 of the poorest 50% according to a new study from Oxfam. From 1990 to 2015, CO2 emissions rose by 60%; experts saw the wealthiest one percent’s emissions rise three times more than those of the poorest half during that period.
Why this matters: While the wealthiest indulge in luxuries that contribute more to climate change, a federal report found that the poor will be among the earliest victims of climate crises and will be impacted the most.
By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced the country would be implementing a new climate charter that calls for “increased state incentives for environmentally friendly businesses” and “more EU-wide policies” as Deutsche Welle (DW) reported. In addition, the charter declared that each year until 2050 will “see new […]
Yesterday the vast differences between Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s responses to national disasters become all the more evident. As the West continues to grapple with active wildfires, President Trump flew to California to be briefed on the wildfire situation by Governor Gavin Newson and California officials while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gave a […]
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