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Rob explains the ocean lev­el vari­a­tion that will occur due to cli­mate change. There is an aver­age height of the ocean reg­u­lat­ed by glob­al pre­cip­i­ta­tion and evap­o­ra­tion pat­terns. With melt­ing ice caps and glac­i­ers, water vol­ume will increase caus­ing ocean lev­els to rise, pos­si­bly as much as 10 to 20 feet in some areas. This will have a sig­nif­i­cant impact on low lying coastal com­mu­ni­ties, and impact will be felt with coastal storms caus­ing ocean water to move fur­ther inland. More­over, warmer waters will lead to a longer hur­ri­cane sea­son which can lead to a greater num­ber of hur­ri­canes, and an increased risk of more intense hur­ri­canes. Rob explains how a two degree warmer plan­et holds 14% more water mass. This means the atmos­phere will be able to hold more mois­ture, lead­ing to heav­ier rain­storms in the future with more intense down­pours and flash flood­ing events. As munic­i­pal­i­ties design their drainage sys­tem based on expect­ed large down­pours of the past, we know that most are not designed to han­dle much larg­er down­pour events. Even more sig­nif­i­cant impacts are expect­ed if the earth expe­ri­ences a 4.5‑degree Cel­sius warm­ing by 2100. You will see less occur­rence of cold tem­per­a­tures; more severe heat and heat waves; melt­ing of ice caps and rais­ing sea lev­els; more wild­fires; more droughts; more hur­ri­canes; high pre­cip­i­ta­tion events; and a fun­da­men­tal shift in the plan­et’s ecosys­tems, includ­ing changes in marine life and how insects impact forests. These are all impacts that will lead to social changes, includ­ing a mass exo­dus of peo­ple flee­ing areas expe­ri­enc­ing extreme weath­er. Not a pret­ty future all because we refuse to use 1 out of 10,000 ener­gy from recent sun­light and stick to the apartheid against renewables.