UN Report Unleashes Dire Warning – Sea Level Rise is faster than Forecast!

Mapping the extraordinary rapid glacier ice melt in Greenland. Photo Courtesy NASA

Greetings! I have some rather sobering news for you concerning the serious issue of human-caused climate change. According to a new landmark report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “Glaciers and ice sheets from the Himalayas to Antarctica are rapidly melting. And the fisheries that feed millions of people are shrinking.”

There were more than 100 scientists from 36 countries who contributed to this report titled, Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. The authors explain, “It is the last of three special reports from the IPCC following last October’s urgent report that showed the world may only have until 2030 to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.”

Ko Barrett, vice chair of the IPCC explained, “This report is unique because for the first time ever, the IPCC has produced an in-depth report examining the furthest corners of the Earth – from the highest mountains in remote polar regions to the deepest oceans. We’ve found that even and especially in these places, human-caused climate change is evident.” 

This report is just the latest scientific evidence showing that “human-induced warming is rapidly taking the planet down an uncharted path.” The authors say, “…there may be some impacts to the global climate – like some amount of sea level rise that can no longer be stopped.” However, the scientists do agree if we can now, “take swift action to end the global economy’s dependence on fossil fuels, there’s still time for warding off some of the worst projected impacts.” Or the scientists say, “If we continue down the path we are on, into a world far less hospitable than the one we live in.”

An Extraordinary Destructive Global Melt

The report unfolds a truly alarming picture of rapid ice melt in all “frozen regions across the globe – and how the changes will dramatically alter human civilization in the coming decades.” These sobering findings “show that the planet’s warming is accelerating melting in glaciers and ice sheets from Greenland to Antarctica, and that sea levels will likely rise more than previously projected by the end of this century.”

The authors continue with their research results, “Of the major ice sheets, Greenland’s, which has the potential to raise sea levels around 20 feet, is melting the fastest and lost more than 275 gigatons on average per year between 2006 and 2015. But the even larger Antarctic ice sheet is also shrinking, and its mass loss tripled between 2007 and 2016 compared to the previous ten years.” As a result, the authors now say,  “sea level rise is now likely to exceed three feet by 2100 if carbon emissions continue to increase.”

If you are in Florida and you see a sick or injured manatee, please call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at: 1-888-404-FWCC. They are the folks who are responsible for rescuing us in Florida.

Here’s the Save the Manatee Club link to learn more about manatees …


Here’s a cool link for you to learn more about how we’re rescued and brought into rehabilitation …


~ Kobee Manatee  

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