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Much of the debate over human-caused climate change has been focused on whether the threat has been overestimated. But what if the threat has been underestimated?
Scientists are constantly being surprised by how quickly the planet is changing. Last year was the warmest since modern record-keeping began. Rising temperatures contributed to killer heat waves in Asia and the Middle East, a supersize wildfire in Canada, the retreat of glaciers across the globe and the vast bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.
Climatologists say the Arctic could be ice-free in summer within a decade or two. The world’s largest iceberg — the size of Delaware — is preparing to break off from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Scientists now believe that, under the worst scenario, oceans could rise more than 8 feet by century’s end, inundating coastal
In a bid to stave off catastrophe, nearly 200 nations last year joined the Paris Agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, the Obama administration mandated cleaner power plants and more fuel-efficient cars.
Much of this progress could be reversed under President Trump, who has expressed skepticism about climate change, has threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris accords, and could jettison Obama’s regulations on power plant emissions and gas mileage standards.