In January, a small but significant group of scientists from the US, Europe and Australia warned the world that climate change was real, dangerous and would affect people’s lives in a devastating way.
The group called for action to tackle the problem of rising sea levels and sea level rise, saying it was the most urgent threat facing the planet.
This month, they are back with a bigger message.
A new report by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the UK’s Royal Society warns that while climate change is a reality, it’s not a pressing one.
“It’s a small fraction of the total warming that we see over the next 100 years,” said study author John Cook, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
“We are not worried about it, but we are worried about what it will mean.”
The new report, published in Nature Communications, says the world is already suffering from sea level rises, storm surges, extreme weather events, and water shortages.
And it’s already hitting its limit.
The oceans are already getting hotter, with global average temperatures increasing by more than a degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution.
But the report says the oceans are warming faster than any other part of the planet because of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, and that the effects will likely be felt for years to come.
The US is leading the pack with its projections, saying the rate of sea level change will be at least 20 times faster than the world has previously considered.
The report says as much as half of the world’s population could be underwater by 2050, and the most vulnerable will be in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Cook said the research showed the climate crisis is far from over.
“There is an enormous amount of work to be done,” he said.
“Climate change is not a given.
The scientists also warned of the risk that the human race will be pushed into a future of poverty, disease and violence. “
That’s not to say that we don’t need to change our behaviour, but to say we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
The scientists also warned of the risk that the human race will be pushed into a future of poverty, disease and violence.
“This is not an isolated incident,” said Cook.
“In fact, we have been seeing the same thing with extreme weather in the United States.
It is happening all over the world.
It’s been happening in every continent, and it’s going to happen in every country.”
A lot of the work is done by private companies, including those in Australia, the US and Europe, he said, adding they are also investing heavily in clean energy.
“The government is already investing heavily and the private sector is investing heavily, too,” he told ABC News.
“I would say we’ve got a good track record here.”
The report, which looked at a range of issues related to sea level, climate change and water resources, also highlighted the potential threat posed by pollution.
“If we do not act quickly, sea level will continue to rise,” the report said.
Cook and the other scientists have been working to inform the public about the risks of climate change.
The scientists say the best way to protect people from climate change at this time is by getting more educated about what is happening and the risks.
The new research comes just months after a report by US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, which said the US was on track to reach the “dangerous” threshold of climate-related death.
The president and vice president have both said they support policies that would slow the rise of the oceans.
But while they have been vocal about the need to protect the environment, the science on climate change has largely been ignored by politicians and policy makers.