The potential future of our planet could be worse than what climate models have predicted. According to the latest analysis, global warming may actually turn out to be twice as warm than current projections estimate, reveals a new study.
Conducted by scientists from 17 countries, the research was published last week in the journal Nature Geoscience and paints a worrying picture of the future Earth under the influence of global warming.
A green Sahara Desert, collapsing polar caps, a 20-foot (six-meter) sea-level rise — this is what the future may have in store, Science Daily reports.
And that's even if the world strives to meet the Paris Climate Agreement, the global action plan signed in December 2015 with the goal to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, notes USA Today.
As study co-author Alan Mix puts it, the Paris agreement — of which President Donald Trump dropped out in 2017, as reported by the Inquisitr — may not be enough to veer the planet away from a catastrophic path.
"Even with just 2 degrees of warming — and potentially just 1.5 degrees — significant impacts on the Earth system are profound."
"We can expect that sea-level rise could become unstoppable for millennia, impacting much of the world's population, infrastructure and economic activity," said Mix, who is a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences of the Oregon State University.