Earth could witness rapid climatic changes – NASA

Saturday, December 10th, 2011 4:50:16 by

Earth could witness rapid climatic changes – NASA

According to latest research from NASA, the earth could witness some rapid climate changes this century due to the increasing affects of Global Warming.

James E Hansen, director at Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has claimed that the temperature of our planet has risen by 0.8 Celsius since the Industrial revolution in 1880 and is now rapidly increasing by 0.1 Celsius every ten years.

Hansen stated, “The paleoclimate record reveals a more sensitive climate than thought, even as of a few years ago. Limiting human-caused warming to two degrees is not sufficient. It would be a prescription for disaster.”

He further went onto say, “We don’t have a substantial cushion between today’s climate and dangerous warming. Earth is poised to experience strong amplifying feedbacks in response to moderate additional global warming. Humans have overwhelmed the natural,
slow changes that occur on geologic timescales.”

The earth’s temperature is getting hotter by the day, as 2011 was one of the warmest years in history according to a report by World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Global warming has become a serious issue in recent times, as the world has witnessed record high temperatures in the ongoing year.

The United Nations (UN) has been worried on the rapid climatic changes in the past decade and wants the countries to respond to the situation before it gets too late.

Earlier, the World Bank’s envoy for climate change Andrew Steer also predicted that the changes in climate will bring more floods and disasters to the world. He stressed that steps should be taken to make this world a better place for everyone.

Floods have really caused a lot of damage to the world in the past few years. The concerning thing is that the intensity and frequency of such disasters is increasing day by day.

Last year, hundreds of people died in severe floods in Pakistan. The same happened this year in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Apart from the deaths, millions of people were left homeless and had to struggle against hunger, poverty and disease.

If things continue like this, things will go out of control. It is high time for every country to react to this situation before it gets too late.

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