The two-degree window is closing up

If the world is going to have a likely chance (more than 66 per cent) of limiting global warming to less than two degrees, emissions of carbon dioxide need to peak between 2010 and 2020, according to newly published scenarios in the journal Nature Climate Change. The UN FCCC conference in Durban, South Africa starting on 28 November may thus be the last opportunity to put the necessary brakes on global greenhouse gas emissions. If this is not achieved, large parts of Africa, most of Russia and northern China will be two degrees warmer in less than 10 years.

Source: IPS news, 23 October and 2011 Web Link to Nature Climate Change: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v1/n8/full/nclimate1258.html#/

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