“The Special Report on changing climate said that glaciers in Europe, East Africa, the tropical reaches of the Andes and Indonesia could lose 80 per cent of their mass by the end of the century if climate change advances at its present pace ”
SEA levels could rise by a meter and force millions of people to migrate by 2100 if current trends in climate change continue unabated, according to a UN report on Wednesday. The stark conclusions from the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change said sea level rises of between 30 and 60 cm will occur whether or not climate change levels are curbed and the global temperature is limited to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - a target widely accepted in the international community, reports Efe news. However, should we fail to tackle rising global temperatures, sea levels could increase by as much as 110 cm. The analysis put forward by the UN-backed panel, which was presented in Monaco, said climate change had raised ocean temperatures, making them more acidic, less fertile and meaning that meteorological phenomena like hurricanes and El Nino are bound to become more severe and frequent. The report, which was researched by more than 100 authors from 36 countries and sources over 7,000 scientific publications, is the most comprehensive in the ambit of changes in the ocean and cryosphere - the Earth’s frozen regions - to date.
“The world’s ocean and cryosphere have been ‘taking the heat’ from climate change for decades, and consequences for nature and humanity are sweeping and severe,” said Ko Barrett, vice-chair of the IPCC. “The rapid changes to the ocean and the frozen parts of our planet are forcing people from coastal cities to remote Arctic communities to fundamentally alter their ways of life.”
The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate said glaciers in Europe, East Africa, the tropical reaches of the Andes and Indonesia could lose 80 per cent of their mass by the end of the century if climate change advances at its present pace. Such changes would affect water quality, which would bring knock-on effects in agriculture, tourism .The IPCC concluded that the oceans had absorbed a quarter of global gas emissions since the 1980s, which has made them more acidic. The panel of scientists also warned that the Arctic ice shelf was reducing in area and mass.