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Global warming: uneven changes across planet

– Lonnie Barnes

At the COP21 conference late last year, world leaders decided that an average global warming of less than 2 C was one of their goals.

This article looks at how a global average increase of 2C would be mean different things for different places across the planet. In particular, Mediterranean countries, the United States, and Brazil would experience an average increase of 3C. The Arctic, though, would experience an increase of about 6C.

The Earth’s average temperature has already increased by about 1C since the pre-industrial era, and the Arctic has increased by over 2C since then.

The disproportionality of climate change is due to a number of factors, including albedo and the oceans, which warm at a slower rate than land.

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