JUPITER, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — The Florida Center for Environmental Studies in Jupiter has made researching the effects of climate change a priority. The Integrative Collaborative on Climate and Energy acts as an extension of the FCES that focuses specifically on the implications of Earth’s ever-changing climate.

As the center’s official website explains, “The ICCE focuses on issues of adaptation in Florida’s very vulnerable urban and natural systems.”

Florida is not the only area plagued with the repercussions of climate change, however. All over the world the effects are being seen – and felt. A new international study even suggests that the planet is now experiencing warmth unlike any other experienced in the past 1,400 years.

Science Daily is reporting that greenhouse gas emissions have caused a 30-year spike in global warming that hasn’t been seen in over a thousand years.

Temperature reconstructions from all seven continents were factored into the study, which was conducted by over 80 scientists from 24 countries around the world. Cave formations, tree rings, pollen, lake and ocean sediment and other factors were used to reconstruct heat models for years predating historical records, the website learned.

Study co-author Edward Cook, who led the reconstruction of Asia’s climate past, noted that the information presented in the study is, on a more basic level, general knowledge.

“This paper tells us what we already knew, except in a better, more comprehensive fashion,” Cook, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory tree ring scientist, was quoted as saying.

According to Red Orbit, the warming trend seen over the course of decades is more worrisome to scientists and researchers than individual years of record warmth seen recently.

“What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before,” climatologist Gavin Schmidt of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies was quoted as saying. “The planet is warming. The reason it’s warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

The study will reportedly be published in the journal Nature Geoscience.


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