AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - After releasing a brief summary last week, a United Nations backed group consisting of thousands of climate scientists from around the world released their full report on their expectations for the future of global climate.
The study projects climate impacts through the year 2100 and even the most conservative estimates are alarming.
If you think the weather has been extreme lately, it's only going to get worse according to the 2000 page report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was released on Monday.
The IPCC did a similar study about six years ago, but this latest study makes them even more confident that humans are a major contributor to climate change.
UMass Climate Scientist Greg Dewet told 22News the report projects a range of 2.5-8 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming to happen by the year 2100.
The report says that if major global government policy changes reduce carbon dioxide now, we can drastically reduce warming and the effects on the globe.
"We can expect the effects of sea level rise to be less, some of those areas that will see extreme drought will probably see less extreme drought, the warming pattern is still going to happen," said Dewet.
If no action is taken, the effects on drought, sea level rise, ice melt and extreme weather will be worse.
"At this point it's clearly obvious that there's something going on in the world and it's scary to me, because it almost seems like it's too late to actually do something about it," said Justin Malone from Hadley.
Some are already acting with the planet in mind.
"Certainly by consuming less, by living more sustainably, by living closer to home, that does a huge thing to cut down on fossil fuel use and that’s one of the main drivers of climate change," said John Lippmann from Northfield.
While temperature increases have slowed globally over the past 15 years, the report suggests that the deep ocean could be absorbing some of that heat.