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    Friday, August 07, 2015

    CLIMATE CHANGE TURNS HOT TUB INTO BOILING POT

    The reality of global warming: We’re all frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water

    Roz Pidcock, August 7, 2015 (Reuters)

    “In 2009, global leaders agreed to try not to let the world warm more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. This is sometimes seen as a rule of thumb for keeping on the right side of climate change, within ‘safe’ territory…But that’s not at all how scientists meant it…Climate risks don’t begin at 2C, she said; it’s more like where they go from high to intolerably high…[and] the planet has already warmed by about 0.8C (1.7 Fahrenheit) since the late-19th century…Some of the world’s most iconic places are also the most vulnerable, and they are already feeling the effects…But against this backdrop, the world’s carbon emissions have continued to rise and the task of staying below 2C looms ever larger. Global leaders will meet again in Paris in December to agree on a plan for how to get ourselves on a pathway to achieving 2C in the long term…Climate models tell us that if carbon emissions stay very high, global temperatures could reach 4C above pre-industrial temperatures by the end of the century, perhaps even rising to 5C. And unless emissions cease altogether after that, temperatures will continue to rise long past the end of the century…And that would mean a world unlike anything we as humans have ever known…” click here for more

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