The Guardian quoted a report by a group of scientists ahead of an international climate conference that the Arctic could “permanently” lose sea ice during summer seasons within a decade.
“Now we can’t do anything about it,” says Julie Brigham-Grett, an expert at the University of Massachusetts and co-author of the study. “We just cut off the stems and let the system warm up.”
The study says that the disappearance of sea ice will open up the darkened Arctic Ocean, which will absorb heat rather than reflect it, leading to increased global warming.
The Arctic is warming four times faster than the rest of the world, and scientists say this, along with record heatwaves in Antarctica, could lead to a “rapid meltwater tide” not seen on Earth in 130,000 years, with catastrophic consequences for the world. , coastal areas.
In their opinion, such an alarming situation is observed not only at the poles. Melting glaciers in the Himalayas and Andes threaten to leave tens of millions of people without safe drinking water and increase the risk of catastrophic floods.
Expressing the severity of the irreversible situation, Brigham Gritt comments: “We can’t put the genie in the bottle again.”
Climate scientist Johan Rockstrom has previously said that mass migration could start in less than 50 years in Brazil, India, parts of Africa and the Middle East due to rising temperatures. According to scientists, a temperature increase of 2.4 degrees threatens the Earth with unexpected and “catastrophic” consequences and imposes completely new living conditions. Most likely, part of the planet will be uninhabitable.
Scientists regularly warn about the dangers of global warming. To limit this process, in 2015 more than 190 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to reduce emissions, upgrade technology and adapt to ongoing changes. An increase in the share of renewable energy sources is also expected.
Russia, in turn, prepares and implements measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and protect the environment. In this context, in November, President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and outlined a strategy to develop the country with low greenhouse gas emissions until 2050.
Source: RIA Novosti