Since the early 1990s, the carbon dioxide level in the Earth's atmosphere has jumped from about 358 parts per million to nearly 412 ppm, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado-Boulder, there were 3.9 million square kilometers of sea ice in the Arctic Sea at its annual minimum in September 2020. Pre-pandemic Predictions for 2020. Heavy snow will return occasionally, Viner predicted, but the Brits would not be prepared for it when it does. University of Washington researcher Minze Stuiver predicted that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will have doubled by 2020. All Rights Reserved. By Paul Voosen Jul. Mathematicians at the University of York created an algorithm to measure battlefield deaths and discovered an “abrupt shift towards a greater level of peace in the early 1990s.”, In April 2013, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported that NOAA scientists predicted “ranges for an ice-free Arctic from 2020 to after 2040.”. While the climate for 2050 is unknown, 2020 has already turned out slightly better than Hansen predicted. NOAA/ National Weather Service NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction Climate Prediction Center 5830 University Research Court College Park, Maryland 20740 Page Author: Climate Prediction Center Internet Team Disclaimer More:10 years to save planet Earth: Here are 6 imaginative climate change solutions. In total, they cost $1.45 trillion and killed more than 10,000 people. The Antarctic ice sheet lost 3 trillion tons of ice from 1992 to 2017, according to a study in the journal Nature. That’s a 17% decrease. It seems like such a simple question: How hot is Earth going to get? The truth of the matter is, climate is an extremely complicated science that remains far less than fully understood. 2020 has been the wildest and most unpredictable year in the memory of most people. Here's a look at climate change indicators for 2020: Carbon dioxide is the greenhouse gas that scientists say is most responsible for global warming. Penn State University meteorologist Michael Mann argued that we underestimated the rate of ice sheet collapse, which has "implications for future sea-level rise.". Yet in February 2020, The Times of London reported that the “Staying power of Kilimanjaro snow defies Al Gore’s gloomy forecast.”, “The snow has certainly got my clients talking,” Methley Swai, owner of the Just-Kilimanjaro trekking company, told The Times. (First perspective was basic science claims, this is resulting predictions.) “It is reasonable to conclude Arctic ice loss is very likely to occur in the first rather than the second half of the 21st century, with a possibility of loss within a decade or two,” the paper claimed. The U.S. may warm 6 degrees F from 1990 to 2020 In 1990, The Washington Post reported in a frontpage story: “Carbon dioxide is the gas most responsible for predictions that Earth will warm on average by about three degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2020.” That’s a total of 78.3 millimeters, according to NOAA. As it turns out, climate doomsayers weren’t seeing so 20-20 when it came to 2020. © 2021 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. By 2010, Glacier National Park erected signs warning that its signature glaciers would be gone by 2020. India and China increased their carbon emissions since 2005. The Left argues that socialism is necessary to save the planet from an inevitable climate change catastrophe, but when one looks at the history of the environmental movement, it becomes clear that climate change alarmists have been making these false predictions for a half-century or more. China, meanwhile, emitted 5.9 million kilotons in 2005 and 9.9 million kilotons in 2016, a 168 percent increase. Climate.gov image from Data Snapshots, using data from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Reuters newswire ran this headline in 1997: "'Millions will die' unless climate policies change." "The global temperature projections were just about on the money," Mann said. The year 2020 will see climate changes affecting the planet and world leaders will begin to work to fight against pollution. According to NOAA, the sea level at Virginia Key has risen by about 9 centimeters, which works out to 3.54 inches. After 40 years, researchers finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly. 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