Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Burning All Fossil Fuels Could Lead to Global Warmth Not Seen in 65 Million Years

In this Jan. 20, 2015, photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. (Photo Credit: Jim Cole, AP) Click to Enlarge.
If every last crumb of fossil fuel on the planet was burned — all 5.5 trillion tons of the Earth's oil, coal and natural gas now underground — the world could heat up by as much as 18 degrees in the next three centuries, according to a scientific study out Monday that researchers say is a critical warning message on global warming.

This would be as warm as when dinosaurs roamed the Earth about 65 million years ago, one expert said.

"In that scenario, most of the planet would be unlivable for humans (simply too hot for human civilization to function), and all of the major coastal cities of the world and all of the low-lying regions of the world would disappear into the ocean," said Penn State meteorologist Michael Mann, who was not affiliated with the study.

"The unregulated exploitation of the fossil fuel resource could ultimately result in considerably more profound climate changes than previously suggested," according to the study.

While an extreme scenario, such warmth would render some parts of the world uninhabitable and damage the planet's economy, human health and food supply, the study said.  The Arctic could warm by as much as 35 degrees.

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