Sea ice continues to melt at a rapid pace. Image Credit: CC 2.0 NASA Goddard
A leaked report from the IPCC has painted a grim picture of the future implications of climate change.
Comprised of several hundred international scientists, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been conducting detailed research that is due to be included in the next United Nations report on global warming.
Their findings indicate that human activities are indeed behind the temperature rises observed over the last few decades and that sea levels are likely to rise by up to three feet by the end of the century if nothing is done to bring down harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
"It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010," the report stated.
"There is high confidence that this has warmed the ocean, melted snow and ice, raised global mean sea level and changed some climate extremes in the second half of the 20th century."
If these predictions turn out to be true then the rising sea levels could hold disastrous consequences for high population low-lying cities in countries all over the world.
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Global Warming, Climate Change