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Professor Rood Authors Climate Change Article for The Conversation

Posted: July 5, 2017

Professor Rood Authors Climate Change Article for The Conversation

In a recent article published in The Conversation, Climate & Space professor Richard Rood talks about the potential benefits of stopping greenhouse gas emissions immediately. The article, If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change? explores the immediate and long-term impact of such an action. 

From the article: 

Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts and summarized every few years by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The primary cause of that change is the release of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas.

One of the goals of the international Paris Agreement on climate change is to limit the increase of the global surface average air temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, compared to preindustrial times. There is a further commitment to strive to limit the increase to 1.5℃.

Earth has already, essentially, reached the 1℃ threshold. Despite the avoidance of millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions through use of renewable energy, increased efficiency and conservation efforts, the rate of increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere remains high.

Read the full article: https://theconversation.com/if-we-stopped-emitting-greenhouse-gases-right-now-would-we-stop-climate-change-78882