What To Expect When The Planet Heats Up

Forest fire near Athens, Greece. Photo: © rudy_ath CC-by-Sa-3.0

Rising Temperatures: 3 Possible Scenarios

In This Article:

  • Rising Temperatures: 3 Possible Scenarios
  • Scientists Warn About Rising Temperatures. Politicians Dither.
  • What Are The 4 Big Unknowns Of Global Warming?
  • How High Could Temperatures Go?
  • What Effect Will an Extra 3.5 Billion People Have on Energy Consumption?
  • When Can We Expect to Reach an Irreversible Tipping Point?
  • How High Will Sea Levels Rise?
  • What Are The Effects Of Rising Temperatures?
  • Plus Three Degrees Celsius
  • Plus Four Degrees Celsius
  • Plus Five Degrees Celsius
  • Conclusion: Rising Temperatures Are Very Bad News
  • References

Scientists Warn About Rising Temperatures. Politicians Dither.

What Are The 4 Big Unknowns Of Global Warming?

An Australian bushfire burns out of control, January 2020. According to NASA calculations, as of January 2, 2020, the 2019–20 bushfire season accounted for 306 million tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. The fires also release vast amounts of lung-choking particulate matter and other aerosols of partially combusted black carbon and soot. Photo: 80 trading 24/CC BY-SA 3.0

How High Could Temperatures Go?

What Effect Will an Extra 3.5 Billion People Have on Energy Consumption?

When Can We Expect to Reach an Irreversible Tipping Point?

How High Will Sea Levels Rise?

South Beach, Miami. What it could look like if temperatures rise by 2 degrees Celsius. Photo: © Nickolay Lamm/ClimateCentral. (5)

What Are The Effects Of Rising Temperatures?

Plus Three Degrees Celsius

Effects of a 3 °C rise in temperature

Plus Four Degrees Celsius

Effects of a 4 °C rise in temperature

Plus Five Degrees Celsius

Effects of a 5 °C rise in temperature

Conclusion: Rising Temperatures Are Very Bad News

References

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  3. Land-use and climate change risks in the Amazon and the need of a novel sustainable development paradigm.” Carlos A. Nobre, Gilvan Sampaio, Laura S. Borma, Juan Carlos Castilla-Rubio, Jose S. Silva, Manoel Cardoso. PNAS September 27, 2016 113 (39) 10759–10768.
  4. Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise.” Robert M. DeConto & David Pollard. Nature. Vol 531, p.591. March 2016.
  5. Visualizing Sea Level Rise” ClimateCentral
  6. “Rising Temperatures and Rising Seas: The Crop Yield Effect.” Lester R. Brown. Earth Policy Institute.
  7. “Delhi’s Air Has Become a Lethal Hazard and Nobody Seems to Know What to Do About It”. Time magazine. 10 February 2014.
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  11. Global Asthma Report 2018.
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  13. Climate change in the Amazon.”
  14. Will Deforestation and Warming Push the Amazon to a Tipping Point?” Carlos Nobre. Sept 4, 2019.
  15. “Insects face calamitous habitat loss.” Tim Radford. Climate News Network. May 21st, 2018.
  16. “Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100.” Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Chris Mooney. Washington Post. September 28, 2018.
  17. “Turn down the heat — Why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided.” Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, Climate Analytics. 2012.
  18. Rising Temperatures — A degree by degree explanation of what will happen when the earth warms“. Retrieved Oct 9, 2019.
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  20. Somalia: World Health Organization. (PDF)

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