At this point, we are all aware that global temperatures are rising, which is set to have an extreme impact on the environment and humanity itself. In the here and now, global warming is causing increasing droughts and wildfires.
In fact, most of the warming has occurred in the past decade, with the five warmest years taking place since 2010, and 2016 being the warmest year on record. Moreover, sea levels are rising drastically, due to the melting of ice sheets in Antarctica, which has caused more flooding in recent times.
According to data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, between 1993 and 2016, Antarctica has lost around 127 billion tons of ice, while Greenland has lost an average of 286 billion tons, with the rate of ice mass loss tripling in the last decade alone.
Increased temperatures have also resulted in more violent weather and higher sea levels, which, in turn, is leading to many hurricanes, typhoons, and severe storms, posing a major existential threat to several countries, especially those living in areas barely above sea level.