Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Window for Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Has Closed

Barring some incredible new carbon capture technology, the window for limiting global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius has closed.

That’s the stark conclusion of a report out in Nature, which finds that the carbon reductions pledges penned into the Paris Agreement are ridiculously inadequate for keeping our climate within a safe and stable boundary.
The Paris Agreement pledged to limit human-caused global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, with a “stretch goal” of keeping our planet’s thermostat from rising more than 1.5 degrees.

But as climate scientists have been saying for many months, global carbon emissions are far off track if we want to meet even the 2 degree goal. The study found that the pledges outlined in the Paris Agreement will likely see global temperatures rise 2.6 to 3.1 degrees Celsius by 2100. A 3 degree uptick in global temperatures would cause sea levels to rise over 20 feet over the next few centuries.

Recently, marine biologists have reminded the public that coral reefs around the world are experiencing catastrophic collapse now.

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