The planet “is changing more rapidly…than in any time of modern civilization,” said Tom Karl, director of the U.S. National Climatic Data Center, commenting on the release of the State of the Climate in 2013 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report found that heat content in the upper ocean increased significantly over the last 20 years, while carbon pollution continued to mount and sea levels continued to rise. “The place where climate scientists predicted the overwhelming majority of the heat trapped by human emissions would end up is precisely where there has been rapid warming in the past 20 years,” notes Romm, a Fellow with the Center for American Progress.
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