Joe Biden calls global warming a bigger threat to the world than nuclear war
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Joe Biden has warned that global warming poses a much bigger threat than nuclear war.
The New York Post reported that the US President believes climate change is the biggest thing we should be worried about.
“[Global warming] is the single most existential threat to humanity we have ever faced, including nuclear weapons,” Biden told a group of supporters on the Upper East Side after headlining a rail infrastructure event nearby.
Nuclear war has been an ongoing worry ever since Russia launched a war with Ukraine.
It was only in November last year that Russia's foreign ministry said it feared the nuclear powers were 'on the brink of a direct armed conflict' and that the West must stop 'encouraging provocations with weapons of mass destruction, which can lead to catastrophic consequences'.
Joe Biden's comments come just after the leader of the free world visited California following three weeks of its ‘atmospheric rivers’.
According to Reuters, he said at the Seacliff State Beach along the Santa Cruz coastline: “If anybody doubts that the climate is changing, then they must have been asleep during the last couple of years.
"Extreme weather caused by climate change leads to stronger and more frequent storms, more intense droughts, longer wildfire seasons, all of which threaten communities all across California.”
According to a 2021 study by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), they found ‘considerably greater sea-level rises could be realized’.
However, the IPCC said the average global sea levels are unlikely to rise by more than 1.1 meters within this century, even with the most intensive greenhouse gas emission scenarios.
Greenland’s rapidly melting ‘zombie ice’ is also expected to raise sea levels by a staggering 10.6 inches (27 centimeters), according to a 2022 study.
Research by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland revealed that the zombie ice is attached to thicker parts of ice but is no longer being replenished by parent glaciers as they're receiving less snow.
“It’s dead ice. It’s just going to melt and disappear from the ice sheet," co-author of the study and glaciologist William Colgan said in an interview according to ABC News.
Colgan also echoed a similar sentiment to the IPCC study, citing that sea levels would continue to rise no matter humankind's actions to combat the climate crisis.
He said: “Whether it’s coming in 100 years or 150 years, it’s coming.
"And the sea-level rise we are committed to is growing at present, because of the climate trajectory we’re on.”