A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that we’ve already locked in more than 1,000 years of climate change, even if we completely stop emitting CO2 immediately. Note that while the study below indicates that we have already guaranteed from 1.3 – 3.2 feet of sea level rise over the next 1,000 years, that small but significant amount does not even take into account any melting from glaciers.
So, after reading that article, consider this as a companion article discussing sea level rise from glacial melt water. Instead of talking about 1.3 – 3.2 feet, this study shows up to 4 meters by the end of the century, not 1,000 years, but merely 100 years. Your grandchildren may live to see that. Note that this is over 13 feet of sea level rise by the end of the century for those who need to think in feet.
Need a visual for this? Zoom in to various places around the world on this link. It’s preset for most of the world and a 4 meter rise, to show the effects of this prediction.
I should point out that there is one significant point I would make about this. Even if this is correct and we are locked into a millennium of warming, the magnitude of that warming will still be affected by the actions we take. We must do everything in our power to combat climate change with extreme urgency to stave off the worst of the effects. We must also take action to mitigate the damage that will be caused by the climate change that is already locked in.
This post is NOT intended to cause inaction through hopelessness. Rather, it is intended to show the extreme urgency of our situation and to inform people of the worsening projections of the scientific community.