How will global warming play out

How will global warming play out

If global warming is well and truly upon us, then how is it set to play out in the future? Just how hot will things get and where we will see the most effects?

The experts predict that average global temperatures are expected to increase by anything from 2 to just under ten degrees by 2100. They have figured this out using various climate models, but the accuracy of their predictions depends on the amount of greenhouse gases we pump out in the next few years. By 2100, the global average temperature is expected to grow by at least twice as much as it has during the last 100 years. That’s a very steep jump in a short space of time. Unfortunately, the natural systems we depend on might not be able to adapt in such a short space of time, which is a problem for all of us.

Ground-level air temperatures are expected to continue to warm more rapidly over land than oceans and some parts of the world will see larger temperature increases than the global average. The range and dispersal of the effects of global warming are not certain, but we do know that they are coming.

Global average annual precipitation through the end of the century is expected to increase too. Aside from the increase in rain, many of us have already noticed the increase in the number of windy days in recent years. The strength of the winds associated with storms is likely to increase too, as will the amount of rain they drop.

 

The coastal sections of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are expected to continue to melt or slide into the ocean. Glaciers are expected to continue to decrease in size. The rate of melting will also continue to increase leading to higher seas and more flooding for many people.

Whilst those who study global warming know it will affect us, just how much is still an un-known. The reason – it depends on our actions. If we stop contributing the problem we can make a change, if we don’t the final equations will become apparent, and we will find out just how much destruction we are in for.

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