24 Oct '11, 3pm

The world could see dangerous levels of global warming - 3.6 degrees or more - by 2060.

It's easy for a lot of people to ignore climate change, because it's not going to affect them, it'll only affect their children. If they don't have children, all the better! Who cares! Well, two new research papers in the latest Nature warn that most of the world could be seeing dangerous levels of global warming -- 3.6 degrees or more -- by 2060. In other words, very plausibly within the lifetime of most of the people reading this. A lot of places, including Europe, Asia, and Canada, could be seeing a similar increase by 2030. Things aren't completely screwed -- we can still hold off dangerous levels of climate change with major emissions cuts. But, uh, they are kind of a little completely screwed: If emissions are substantially lowered, the two degree [Celsius] threshold might be delayed by up to several decades, [the report] added. However, even if global temperature ri...

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