October 1, 2014

MIT study predicts grim climate decay

Environmental News Network - Global temperature is likely to rise 3.3-5.6 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, unless international climate negotiations in Paris next year are more effective than expected, according to a report released Monday by the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The predicted temperature increase surpasses the threshold identified by the United Nations as necessary to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, altering precipitation patterns and heightening the pressures of population and economic growth.

"Our world is rapidly changing," says John Reilly, co-director of the MIT Joint Program and a coauthor of the report. "We need to understand the nature of the risks we're facing so we can prepare for them."

"Population and economic growth are key drivers of change," Reilly says. "Developing countries like China and India are growing fast, and will play a big role in future emissions. They're also facing the unique challenge of trying to plan for this growth under a changing climate."


Anonymous said...

You forgot Steve Israel:


tal said...

The Environment: Very holistic, very dialectic

1. Meteorologists tend to predict global warming, geophysicists global chilling; the meteorologists may have dominated the discourse.

2. Thermometer readings are from 1880, for a long time in advanced countries and urban areas only; this may have biased the conclusions.

3. Urban areas absorb more heat from the sun due to concrete and waste, also from cars-industry; level of urbanization a key factor.