A growing number of climate change scientists and activists have been saying, keeping global average temperature rise to 2°Cis just not enough to avoid some pretty catastrophic changes in climate. Backing that up is a new study examining the geological record from the Last Interglacial, 125,000 years ago, published in the Journal of Quaternary Science.

Warming Similar 21st Century Projections Resulted in Near Meter Sea Level Rise Per Decade

Scientists from the University of Exeter reconstructed temperatures during the Last Interglacial and found that at the time the world was 1.9°C warmer than during pre-industrial times, with the polar regions being more than 5°C warmer and equatorial regions warming less. These conditions are comparable to projections for the end of the 21st century under low-emissions growth scenarios.

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