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If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR: This is not news, but it is an important reminder. Scientists agree that even if we stopped emitting CO2 today, temperature would continue to rise. That’s because it takes years for the oceans to reach equilibrium with the new level of energy trapped in the lower atmosphere. However, we aren’t stopping today; we won’t stop for decades. Everyone needs to plan for at least a 4 degree C increase in average temperature before the end of the century.

Navajo? Photo by Raif Broskvar (iStock)

“Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts and summarized every few years by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The primary cause of that change is the release of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas.

“One of the goals of the international Paris agreement is to limit…

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July 9, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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