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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hopes of mild climate change dashed by new research

Hopes of mild climate change dashed by new research

Hopes that the world’s huge carbon emissions might not drive temperatures up to dangerous levels have been dashed by new research.


The work shows that temperature rises measured over recent decades do not fully reflect the global warming already in the pipeline and that the ultimate heating of the planet could be even worse than feared.


How much global temperatures rise for a certain level of carbon emissions is called climate sensitivity and is seen as the single most important measure of climate change. Computer models have long indicated a high level of sensitivity, up to 4.5C for a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere.


However in recent years estimates of climate sensitivity based on historical temperature records from the past century or so have suggested the response might be no more than 3C. This would mean the planet could be kept safe with lower cuts in emissions, which are easier to achieve.


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Source: The Guardian


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