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A report from the World Wildlife Fund has determined that the melting of the Arctic will impact other areas of the globe far more than we've been expecting so far. In its Arctic Climate Feedbacks: Global Implications Report, WWF says that the effects of the warming of the Arctic will be worse than previously prediced on everything from farming to forestry worldwide. According to the WWF, top climate scientists have looked at the information and found that the effects of the melting ice on climate is going to more severely impact temperatures worldwide than other projections put forward so far, including even the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 assessment.
It's not new information that the melted ice will change sea levels, ocean circulation patterns and water supplies, as well as release additional greenhouse gasses thanks to melted permafrost. But what is new is our understanding of just how bad the rest of the world will get.
The WWF's assessment states that sea- levels will very likely rise by more than one meter by 2100 (more than twice the amount given in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 assessment) and that 25% of the world's population will be affected due to changes in coastlines.
The group is hopping that their updated assessments will be helpful later this year in Copenhagen for determining climate and carbon emissions goals.
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