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Scientists Have Underestimated The Pace Of Climate Change

There has been some sort of disconnect recently in the scientific world when it comes to developments about climate change. For one thing, experts have warned us that we have just a couple decades left on this planet to make some massive changes in order to secure a future not just for us but for future generations. While that’s good to know however, as it creates some form of urgency for people and governments to come up with a plan, that’s unfortunately where the “good” news ends.

That’s because just recently, these same experts have discovered that climate change (and its effects) ­­­­­is advancing at a pace faster than what is previously estimated, which means that our deadline just inched a whole lot closer.

As such, climate scientists have now rolled out new updates pertaining to the mistakes made by previous estimates, stating that the effects of climate change are emerging much faster. Unfortunately, experts then found out from this data that the conditions for ice extent, ocean temperature and sea level rise are much worse than what’s previously thought.

Nevertheless, the new data, called HadSST4 and led by the efforts of the The Hadley Center, is an addition to the tools that we have, which we use to understand climate change and all of the problems that it provides.

Implementing it however, isn’t the easiest since old systems (such as how sea surface temperatures are measured) have to be changed in order to reflect the new ones. And while this new system is now more consistent and functional, the new data it presented isn’t the least bit sobering.

This has pushed some people to ask where the underestimation is coming from before. According to them, this is important since conspiracy theorists and climate change deniers are known to accuse scientists of over-blowing their estimates and make it bigger than it actually is. Second, experts are also clamoring since science is supposed to be objective and should not lean on any direction, be it complacency or alarmism.

Still, climate experts are confident that these new updates will be more reliable, especially in the fight against global climate change.

Climate Change A new study found that many parts of the world may soon struggle to produce food that contain necessary nutrients because of climate change and increasing carbon dioxide (CO2). Pixabay

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