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The world’s mean temperature is now 1°C [1.8 °F] warmer than it was before the Industrial Revolution. That may not sound like much, but the rise has triggered unprecedented droughts, wildfires, the melting of glaciers and Arctic sea ice, and the decimation of coral reefs. Science journalist Mark Lynas outlines the degree-by-degree consequences of a continued warming, from the crop failures and food shortages of a 2°C [3.6 °F] rise to the mass extinctions at 6°C [10.8 °F].
About the Author
Journalist Mark Lynas is visiting fellow with the Alliance for Science at Cornell University. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times and The Guardian.
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