The pace of climate change is exponential and many of its effects will be irreversible. An exceptionally warm summer in Greenland caused rain to fall on the huge icefield that covers much of the Island. Rain melts the snow and accelerates the movement of the ice sheet from the land to the ocean, contributing to rising sea levels.
Extreme rainfall in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and The Netherlands between the 12th and 15th of July this year also caused freak flooding with loss of life and catastrophic damage to buildings and infrastructure. Flash floods of are common during the monsoon season in Bangladesh and India but are a new phenomenon for Western Europe.
Due to climate change, flooding, drought, and starvation will be inevitable, as will increased levels of poverty in many locations. The finger of blame is clearly pointing at climate change and urgent action is required to reduce CO2, methane, and F-Gas emissions from many industrial sectors.
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