James Hansen, the former NASA scientist who first warned the world of human-induced climate change in 1988, is back with another prediction—and it isn't pretty. Here's InsideClimate News' take on the thought leader's most recent announcement.
Leading climate scientist James Hansen used a study published Tuesday to continue to hammer home the warning that humanity is nearing "the point of no return" when it comes to reversing or even mitigating the adverse effects of climate change.
The study, initially made public in draft form last July as a "discussion paper" so it could be circulated ahead of the Paris climate talks, holds that multi-meter sea rise could happen within a matter of decades, rather than centuries as previous estimates suggested. Hansen argues the dramatic sea level rise could put the earth's coastal cities in grave peril while a sudden influx of population from those cities will bring discord and conflict to the rest of the world.
The study, co-authored by a team of 19 international climate scientists, was published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.