Sci­en­tists: World likely won’t avoid dan­ger­ous warm­ing mark

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A team of top sci­en­tists is telling world lead­ers to stop con­grat­u­lat­ing them­selves on the Paris agree­ment to fight cli­mate change be­cause if more isn’t done, global tem­per­a­tures will likely hit dan­ger­ous warm­ing lev­els in about 35 years.

Six sci­en­tists who were lead­ers in past in­ter­na­tional cli­mate con­fer­ences joined with the Uni­ver­sal Eco­log­i­cal Fund in Ar­gentina to re­lease a brief re­port Thurs­day, say­ing that if even more cuts in heat-trap­ping gases aren’t agreed upon soon, the world will warm by an­other 1.8 de­grees Fahren­heit (1 de­gree Cel­sius) by around 2050.

That 1.8 de­gree mark is key be­cause in 2009 world lead­ers agreed that they wanted to avoid warm­ing of 2 de­grees Cel­sius (3.6 de­grees Fahren­heit) above pre-in­dus­trial lev­els. Tem­per­a­tures have risen about 1 de­gree Cel­sius (1.8 de­grees Fahren­heit), so that 2 de­gree goal is re­ally about pre­vent­ing a rise of an­other de­gree go­ing for­ward.

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