That's just one of the grim statistics highlighting the global climate change crisis heading into Friday's meeting at the United Nations, where top officials from more than 150 nations will sign a global accord committing to taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reports the Washington Post.
Among the other depressing findings:
• At the current rate of emissions, sea levels could rise "by nearly twice as much as expected by the end of this century."
• Warmer seas are bleaching coral and decimating reefs around the world.
• This spring, the Greenland ice sheet has melted sooner and quicker than scientists have ever observed. MB