From: Yale Environment 360
Published September 20, 2017 03:40 PM

New Study Pushes Back Deadline to Act to Limit Warming to 1.5 Degrees

A new study suggests that nations have a bit more time than previously thought if they want to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). The research, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, finds that the world’s economies can emit an additional 700 billion tons of carbon dioxide before exceeding 1.5 degrees — more than twice previous estimates.

“That’s about 20 years at present-day emissions,” Richard Millar, a climate scientist at the University of Oxford and lead author of the new study, said at a news briefing. “This paper means that keeping warming to 1.5 degrees C still remains a geophysical possibility, contrary to quite widespread belief.” 

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