Forget polar bears: Global warming will hit the tropics first
Amber-eyed jaguars could soon boot out polar bears as king of adorable, furry species nearing extinction because of global warming.
In the next 10 years, the tropics will suffer “unprecedented” climate change effects, long before the Arctic and its polar bears see big shifts, according to an analysis of global warming trends published today (Oct. 9) in the journal Nature.
But the study goes far beyond simply highlighting the plight of tropical plants and animals. For the first time, researchers have pinpointed individual tipping points, the years when each of the world’s capitals will see climate extremes become the norm. New York City is fated to flip over to hotter temperatures in 2047, give or take five years, if carbon dioxide emissions continue at current levels, researchers say.
“The coldest year in the future will be hotter than the hottest year in the past [150 years],” said Camilo Mora, lead study author and a geographer at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
The planet’s climate forecast also includes ocean acidity, new rainfall patterns and sea level rise.
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