October 24, 2008 Albuquerque, New Mexico - In October, scientists reported that the fall temperatures in the Arctic broke all record highs – averaging 5 degrees Celcius above normal, which is 9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal! All that Arctic warming has caused the highest sea level rise on record. It doesn’t seem like a big number – only .254 centimeters a year – but it still means Arctic waters are rising as more and more ice melts from the warmer and warmer Arctic temperatures.
“The Hadley Computer Lab Center in Britain’s Meteorological Office warned in October that unless global greenhouse gas emissions start reducing 3% a year beginning in 2010, the average global mean temperature of Earth will rise by at least 4 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 90 years - 4 times the rate of global warming in the 20th Century.”
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