Arctic expedition chief warns we’ve ‘set off the beginning of the explosion’ of irreversible global warming
The warning was issued on Tuesday as scientist Markus Rex presented the first findings from the 389-day expedition that ended back in October, which saw 300 scientists from 20 countries collect evidence of the impact of climate change in the Arctic Ocean.
“The disappearance of summer sea ice in the Arctic is one of the first landmines in this minefield, one of the tipping points that we set off first when we push warming too far,” Rex said at a press conference in Berlin.
And one can essentially ask if we haven’t already stepped on this mine and already set off the beginning of the explosion.
If, indeed, the world has crossed an irreversible point, Rex fears this could have a “domino effect” for the rest of the planet, as the disappearance of sea ice is the “epicenter of global warming.”Also on rt.com Russia’s Arctic LNG 2 project almost 40% complete, on track for launch in 2023
The concerning findings come days after G7 leaders met in England to agreed to implement more stringent measures to fight climate change, including moving away from coal plants and limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.Also on rt.com Siberia braces for close to record-breaking cold over New Year, with temperatures predicted to hit freezing -50 degrees
In a bid to meet these goals, the G7 members pledged to cease funding for new coal power projects in developing nations, instead providing up to $2.8 billion to encourage them to move away from using that type of fuel.
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