Global Warming
01- 1000 years
02- CO2
03- Positive Feedback
04- 1C Increase
05- 2C Increase
06- 3C Increase
07- 4C Increase
08- 5C Increase
09- 6C Increase
10- Accelerated Tectonics
11- Ocean Basins
12- Building Storms
13- Warmer Waters
14- Chile Axis Shift
15- Hell In The Pacific
  Mars
16- Runaway Loops
17- Transition
18- Continuity of Worlds
19- Super Floods
20- Kasei Valles
21- Epicentre
22- Plate Boundaries
   
   
   

05 - 2C Increase

Pudong, financial district of Shanghai

 

When temperatures were last between 1 and 2 degrees higher than they are now, 125,000 years ago, sea levels were 5 or 6 metres higher. All this extra water, which has since been locked away in the polar caps, is now melting.

Greenland will tip into irreversible melt once global temperatures increase by only 1.2 degrees and the whole Greenland ice sheet would vanish within 140 years. Miami would disappear, as would most of Manhattan, London, Bangkok, Bombay and Shanghai. As glaciers disappear they will cease to power massive rivers that deliver vital fresh water. Drought would ensue and, as ecosystems everywhere unravel, more than a third of all life on Earth will face extinction by 2050.

   
  Alan Lambert 2011