Friday, August 9, 2013

Stunning Fact: Pace Of Climate Change Now Fastest In 65 Million Years

Climate has warmed and cooled over the history of the earth. Yet, the current warming is now 10 times faster than anytime in the last 65 million years, according to a study published in Science.

Stanford University researchers completed the study published in Science and note that the current pace that is 10 times faster than anytime in 65 million years may could be eclipsed by even faster change:

"An increase in global temperatures of just 1.5 Celsius degrees by 2100 would mean a pace of climate change that's 10 times faster than anything seen since the dinosaurs' extinction -- and that's with "aggressive mitigation efforts" (i.e., major efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) of the kind that the world's industrialized nations so far have shown little willingness to undertake.
But a rise of 5 to 6 Celsius degrees would mean a warming pace that's 50 to 100 times faster than any seen in the past 65 million years, ClimateWire explains."

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