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IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean

What might seem like small changes, like a degree of warming, can have big consequences. AP Photo/John McConnico

IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean

What might seem like small changes, like a degree of warming, can have big consequences. AP Photo/John McConnico

IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean

What might seem like small changes, like a degree of warming, can have big consequences. AP Photo/John McConnico

IPCC climate report: Profound changes are underway in Earth’s oceans and ice – a lead author explains what the warnings mean

What might seem like small changes, like a degree of warming, can have big consequences. AP Photo/John McConnico

Humans are unequivocally warming the planet, and that’s triggering rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions, and increasing extreme weather around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report.

What might seem like small changes, like a degree of warming, can have big consequences. AP Photo/John McConnico

Robert Kopp, Rutgers University

Humans are unequivocally warming the planet, and that’s triggering rapid changes in the atmosphere, oceans and polar regions, and increasing extreme weather around the world, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns in a new report.

The IPCC released the first part of its much anticipated Sixth Assessment Report on Aug. 9, 2021. In it, 234 scientists from around the globe summarized the current climate research on how the Earth is changing as temperatures rise and what those changes will mean for the future.

We asked climate scientist Robert Kopp, a lead author of the chapter on Earth’s oceans, ice and sea level rise, about the profound changes underway.

 

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