It’s not that global temperatures are rising faster than expected—it’s that the rise has been unexpectedly extreme.
“Many of the impacts of climate change such as increased weather extremes are now playing out faster than predicted, even though the warming itself is very much in line with model projections,” says Michael Mann, a climatologist at Pennsylvania University.
“catastrophic climate change is happening more rapidly and with greater intensity than their grimmest warnings, it transpires,” it said.
“Lots of the results of local weather change, corresponding to elevated excessive climate occasions, at the moment are occurring sooner than anticipated, though warming itself may be very a lot in keeping with mannequin projections,” Mann says.
In other words, the effects of climate change are showing up sooner than scientists had expected, and they’re causing more problems than they were expecting.
For example, the El Nino-caused El Nino, a powerful storm that brings heavy rains and floods, is happening earlier than scientists had expected.
The El Nino has been going on for years, but it was only recently that scientists realized it had been happening for a long time—and it was only recently that scientists realized it had been happening for a long time.
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