Scientists around the world today believe that average temperatures will continue to rise consistently for years to come. We have already witnessed effects that are believed to be directly related to climate change. Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predict that over the next century we could see an increase of approximately 2.5 to 10 degrees. Although these temperature changes don’t seem drastic, they can cause extreme changes to the environments within our planet. For example if temperatures were approximately 5 degrees lower than what they are today, they could possible cause another ice age. The slightest increase in these temperatures over time could lead to changes in ocean levels, dramatically altering coastal areas around the globe.