Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.
Some changes in climate may result in increased precipitation and warmth, resulting in improved plant growth and the subsequent sequestration of airborne CO2. Similarly, by tephrochronological techniques, the lack of glacier cover can be identified by the presence of soil or volcanic tephra horizons whose date of deposit may also be ascertained.
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Warming ocean temperatures are increasing the frequency of coral reef bleaching ; warmer, drier weather means that forests in some regions are no longer recovering from wildfires and wildlife habitats around the world are becoming less hospitable to animals. Both long- and short-term variations in solar intensity are known to affect global climate.
The US Geological Survey estimates are that volcanic emissions are at a much lower level than the effects of current human activities, which generate — times the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by volcanoes.
From this data, glaciers worldwide have been found to be shrinking significantly, with strong glacier retreats in the s, stable or growing conditions during the s and s, and again retreating from the mids to the present.
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