Experts from seven countries have assessed the changes in the global climate over the past year. According to an article published in the journal BioScience, key metrics indicate that the situation is close to critical.
The study was conducted by scientists from the USA, Australia, Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Bangladesh and Germany. The article notes that compared to 2019, there has been an “unprecedented surge in natural disasters related to climate change” – including devastating floods, record heat waves, severe storms and wildfires. The authors note that 2020 was the second hottest year on record, with the five hottest years on record since 2015.
One of the authors of the article, professor of ecology William Ripple, said that scientists are collecting more evidence that tipping points have been passed in situations with coral reefs, the Amazon rainforest, as well as with the ice sheets of West Antarctica and Greenland.
The experts called for “to stop considering the climate emergency as a separate problem” and to eliminate the main cause of all cataclysms – “over-exploitation of the planet by man.”
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