Limiting global average temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is now considered "unlikely"

Climate Change Risk Looms as 2 Degree Limit Now Unlikely

With global greenhouse hitting a record high in 2011 and 2012 on track to break that record, the prospects of limiting average atmospheric global warming to within a 2 degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial is now considered unlikely according to the Emissions Gap Report from the U.N. Environment Programme. The report warns that even if nations adhere to their strickest current reduction goals,…

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Controlling Soot is Key in Saving Arctic Sea Ice

The best way to slow the rapid decline in Arctic sea ice is to reduce soot emissions from burning fossil fuels, wood, and dung. This is the conclusion of a Stanford University study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres). The paper, authored by Mark Z. Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program, say that soot is second only…

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U.S. Carbon Emissions to Rise by 3.2 Percent this Year

In its latest short-term energy outlook released today, the Energy Information Administration said that carbon emissions will climb 3.2 percent this year in the U.S. The EIA estimates that emissions from burning fossil fuels will rise another 1.6 percent in 2011. The rise in emissions this year is attributed to projected economic growth and and more electricity generated from coal…

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