New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

A new scientific study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that the world approaches the point of no return with regards to climate change. Soon, even halting carbon-dioxide emissions altogether would not reverse the crucial planetary shifts in rainfall, surface temperature and sea level that threaten human life, not to mention geography itself, as huge coastal regions become submerged. Rather than devastating a few generations, these changes may play out over the next thousand years. Ours is the century that will determine the severity of these changes and “lock them in” for longer than ever imagined. There's no technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so only swift and dramatic measures to halt current emissions could conceivably keep the tipping point at bay. – YaleGlobal

New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Click here for the article on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Besides Susan Solomon, the study’s authors are Gian-Kasper Plattner and Reto Knutti of ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and Pierre Friedlingstein of Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, Gif-Sur-Yvette, France.

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