According to the findings of a recently conducted study, climate change will be accelerating at a rate that is unseen in the last 100 decades. The study reveals that in the next five years i.e. by 2020, we might see global temperatures rising by around half degree per decade. According to climatologists, this rate is almost two times the rate of climate change the world has witnessed over the past 900 years.
The said study involved inspection of more than two dozen climate models; the data obtained was then arranged in forty year cycles. For those who are wondering why forty years: because this is the average span of time after which roads and houses get replaced.
Most experts are holding human activities responsible for this rapid increase in the rate of climate change. One factor that might have played the biggest role in triggering this acceleration is the enormous quantities of carbon released into the atmosphere by different manmade entities. Researchers are saying that release of such high quantities of carbon is not only causing rapid climate change, but also causing global warming.
During the study, scientists also came up with a base rate of global heating for the years between 1850 and 1930. It was a time when the amount of atmospheric carbon released by human activities was nowhere near to what it’s now.
Corals, ice cores and tree rings were examined for creating a record of global temperatures of the past 2,000 years. Findings of those investigations suggested that temperatures have rarely increased by over 0.18°F in a decade before the beginning of the 20th century. The rate of increase in global temperatures was not much different even till the 1950s.
However, the study clearly reveals that from now on every 10 years will see an increase of global temperatures by 0.45 degrees on an average. This is really alarming news for humans; more so as humans can only hold themselves responsible for such a situation.
While a group of scientists are concerned about the increased rate of climate change, Florida officials are stopping the state bodies from using terms like “global warming” and “climate change”.
This might appear to be one of the strangest official moves to some, but according to people associated with Florida’s Department of Environment the officials are stopping the use of such words as they believe that it’s not good to discuss about something that’s not true. It’s yet to be known what climatologists have to say about this move by the Florida government.