31 Jul '17, 8pm

Two dire studies show the world is on the brink of locking in dangerous levels of climate change.

Two dire studies show the world is on the brink of locking in dangerous levels of climate change. In separate reports published Monday, researchers found that only a short window of opportunity remains to prevent widespread, irreversible planetary-scale impacts . The two studies reveal that factoring in current emissions , as well as a wide range of future trends , we may have already locked in a temperature rise surpassing the universally agreed-upon global warming target of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius — which the 2015 Paris accord sought to set as an upper limit. If all the world’s human-derived sources of greenhouse gases stopped today (which obviously will not happen), by 2100 global temperatures would stabilize somewhere between a temp slightly cooler than the current average and about 2.3 degrees higher than preindustrial levels, according to the first study . That repo...

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