IPCC climate report warns “extreme sea level events” will occur frequently

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The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report Wednesday, which states: “Extreme sea level events that occurred once per century in the recent past are projected to occur at least once per year at many locations by 2050 in all scenarios.” In this Aug, 16, 2005 file photo, an iceberg melts in Kulusuk, Greenland. (John McConnico/AP Photo)
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns in a new report that the impacts of climate change will likely be significantly worse than previously thought.

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is the national contact for the IPCC, and its scientists contributed to the report. In fact, more than 100 scientists worked on the IPCC report, which has been approved by its 193 members.

The report compiles what researchers know about how a changing climate affects the cryosphere – the frozen or snow-covered areas of the earth – as well as seas and coasts and what this all means for plant and wildlife, as well as humans.

The IPCC report states: “Extreme sea level events that occurred once per century in the recent past are projected to occur at least once per year at many locations by 2050 in all scenarios.”

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Whitehorse, northwestern Canada declares climate change emergency, CBC News

China: As China adapts to a melting Arctic, Shanghai prepares for the worst, The Independent Barents Observer

Finland: How will Finland become carbon neutral by 2035?, Yle News

Greenland: Tall ice cliffs are slumping and may trigger rapid sea-level rise, study finds, CBC News

Norway: Emissions dropping in EU, but not in Norway, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Climate change threatens security and industry, Russian PM says, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Local shipping generates more emissions than domestic flights, Radio Sweden

United States: Drought causing water shortages in Southcentral Alaska communities, Alaska Public Media

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