Tracking Climate Extremes Around The World In 2019 | NBC News NOW

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Published: 12/25/2019

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NBC’s Al Roker takes a look at some of the wildfires, floods, hurricanes that hit communities and climate records that were broken in 2019 and what it could mean for the future. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC News ...



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When you're talking, temperature 20:19 was one for the record books. This was the hottest july ever for the planet. Five countries hit all-time national eat records and hottest month ever not just across the globe in june july and september, and the second hottest august october and november. In recorded history, i travel to southeastern green, where the arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere ...
else on the planet, that heat melting glaciers, sea ice and greenland's ice sheet, which lost 12. 5 billion tons of ice in a single day. Something scientists didn't expect to happen for at least another 50 years. The extent of ice melt here in greenland will actually help determine just how high sealevels will rise. Well, this ice that's fallen off, it's been since we've gotten here, we've been hearing it and seeing it falling off and it's going into the ocean. What happens? We are on that first step of a domino effect, because what happens in the arctic doesn't stay in the arctic. You'Ve only had about seven inches of sea-level rise globally in the last century, doesn't sound like much, but it's already profound lee shifting the frequency and intensity of coastal flooding, those rising sea levels and warmer oceans, fueling, more powerful hurricanes like durian, which devastated the bahamas, [. Music ] and wildfires alaska, 2. 5 million acres burnt, the link between climate change and drought and wildfires is veryvery strong in the amazon rainforest in brazil.

Wildfires caused by slash-and-burn techniques raged at a record rate triggering worldwide concern over the fate of the rainforest. One of the biggest absorbers of carbon on the planet. We hit a record of 415 parts per million of carbon dioxide. That'S the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, a new record high. The winds right now, gusting at over 55 to 60 miles per hour. Crucial reports about climate and predictions for the future, it is so decided the un announcing there could be as little as 12 years for humans to mitigate catastrophic global warming. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, their recommendation burning fewer fossil fuels. Changingthe way we produce food and planting a billion trees, australia's downgrading their outlook for the great barrier reef from poor to very poor and the national audubon society. Releasing a grim assessment that global warming threatens two-thirds of birds in the united states with extinction, and climate change is threatening a way of life for an entire community of people. We visited in keahak alaska the ice, it's not forming as what reduced to much thinner, more dangerous, more dangerous, yes, the arctic, but in the midst of all these records and reports and disasters, nation, perhaps 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate movement reached critical Mass the planet, that's on thin ice. You hey nbcnews viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.



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