Scientists Now 95% Sure Climate Change Is Our Fault
And say sea could rise 3 feet by end of century, according to leaked IPCC report
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
Earth as seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft.   (AP Photo/NASA, File)

(Newser) – OK, we did it. A new UN report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found "it is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010." That "extremely likely" is important, the New York Times reports—it means the scientists are now 95% to 100% sure global warming is our fault. In the last UN report, they said they were 90% to 100% sure.

The report, which was leaked by Reuters over the weekend, also found that sea levels could rise by more than 3 feet by 2100 if emissions continue at their current rate. An increase like that wouldn't just threaten tiny islands—it could endanger London, Shanghai, Venice, Sydney, and New York, says the Times. However, the scientists warn, because the report won't be published for another month, people should take what they read with a grain of salt. "The text is likely to change in response to comments from governments received in recent weeks and will also be considered by governments and scientists at a four-day approval session at the end of September,” the IPCC’s spokesman says in a statement. "It is therefore premature and could be misleading to attempt to draw conclusions from it." (Meanwhile, a separate study has just named the world's 10 most flood-threatened cities.)

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Sep 13, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
Look out here comes the Flat Earth Society to pronounce that 95% of the worlds scientists don't jack.
Aug 28, 2013 7:31 PM CDT
Only 95?...
Aug 28, 2013 6:45 PM CDT
So, global warming is the fault of the "elephant people", the Republicans? Right,if there were no repubs,guess what,people would still want their power plants, factories, and muscle cars and even just regular cars.Get real.Humans consume power and that generates heat,but so does vulcanism and sun activity,and when the sun goes red-giant,believe me, we'll have a global warming problem like no other in history!So enjoy today,because tomorrow you could be vaporized!