Latest UN Report 95% Certain Climate Change Is Man-Made
Top scientists are 95% certain that human activity has caused climate change, says a United Nations report published on Friday.
The 2013 Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reads that variety of human actions as driving cars, destroying forestland, running power plants and nearly all acts including burning carbon based fuels are behind the recent increase in global average temperature causing severe weather catastrophes.
The Assessment Report of UN, developed by over 1,000 researchers and scientists is aimed at guiding politicians and lawmakers worldwide on making conscious decisions regarding the environment.
According to the report, global average weather temperatures will rise by more 0.3 to 4.8 degrees Celsius.
Sea level will increase due to warming oceans and loss of ice by 26 to 82 cm.
The report reads that if amounts of carbon dioxide emissions double, the warming will reach 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celcius.
Meanwhile, the research concludes that the short spans of extremely high temperatures happening in 1998 were caused by natural changes in climate, not by human activities.
In 2007 scientists were 90% sure that changes in global climate are man-made and only 66% sure in the same conclusion in 2001.
UN panel releases a report every five or six years. Friday's report is the culmination of work by over 250 authors from 39 countries and was subject to an extensive review process involving more than 1,000 experts, informs CNN.
The IPCC released a summary report Friday and plans to post the full version, roughly 2,500 pages, online on Monday.
Since 1950 we have seen a dramatic increase in extreme weather. While it is difficult to determine the exact role climate change plays in an individual event, scientists have found strong links between global warming and extreme weather around the globe in 2012.
Increase of only half degree Celsius caused extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts and flooding in 2007.
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