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A New Tool Shows The Daily Fingerprints of Climate Change

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Climate Shift Index (CSI) for low temperatures (example) June 30, 2022 According to NASA, since the industrial revolution, the planet has warmed at a rate that is approximately ten times faster than the warming that last occurred coming out of the last ice age which ended about 11,700 years ago. Since 1850, (about 170 years) the average global temperature has increased approximately 1.0 to 1.2 degrees C with the most dramatic warming being observed in the last forty years. To put the current rate of warming into perspective, consider that the last 1.0 degree C increase in the earth’s average global temperature, which occurred through purely natural processes, took approximately 1000 years to occur. Warming is happening so much faster today because of the rapid increase in heat trapping gases in the atmosphere caused by human activity, specifically through greenhouse gas emissions, largely carbon dioxide, which has increased in concentration in the atmosphere at a rate 250 times faster than caused by natural factors coming out of the last ice age. CO2 levels today are the highest in at least the past 800,000 years. “Soaring CO2 Raising Global Temperatures, Another Record Set This Year (2022)” Climate Central – Carbon […]

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