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Climate change means more wildfires, and that means lots more air pollution

Climate change means more wildfires, and that means lots more air pollution | Offset your carbon footprint | Scoop.it
In California, air pollution from wildfires is expected to soar over the coming decades, according to new research.

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Climate-change response demands urgency

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New report on climate change shows there's no time to waste.

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Nature CLOUD Study Author: ‘The Climate May Be More Sensitive Than Previously Thought’

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New research from the CERN laboratory in Switzerland suggests that the climate's sensitivity to carbon dioxide may be higher than expected.
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Newly released climate change report reinforces need for action

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The release last week of Assessment Report 5, a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), bolsters the conclusions of its 2007 report that humans are responsible for global warming, and it highlights the need for immediate...
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Top Global Emitter China Best on Climate Change, Figueres Says

China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s “doing it right” when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official said.

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Dangerous Global Warming Closer Than You Think, Climate Scientists Say

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Two new reports lay out the case for fast action and increased awareness

 

Abrupt climate change is not only imminent, it's already here. The rapid dwindling of summer Arctic sea ice has outpaced all scientific projections, which will have impacts on everything from atmospheric circulation to global shipping. And plants, animals and other species are already struggling to keep up with rapid climate shifts, increasing therisk of mass extinction that would rival the end of the dinosaurs. So warns a new reportfrom the U.S. National Research Council.


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jardinelviejito's curator insight, December 6, 2013 7:06 AM

Es alarmante. Pero hay tantos intereses de por medio que no tenemos mucha fe en que se tomen medidas que realmente ayuden a minimizar la tasa de contaminación y la búsqueda de fuentes limpias de energía. 

¿Tendremos tiempo de rectificar después?

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Obiettivi Ue 2020: gli Stati membri inciampano sull’efficienza energetica

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Climate Change: The Moral Choices - MIT Technology Review

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The effects of global warming will persist for hundreds of years. What are our responsibilities and duties today to help safeguard the distant future? That is the question ethicists are now asking.

One of the defining characteristics of climate change is poorly appreciated by most people: the higher temperatures and other effects induced by increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will persist for a very long time. Scientists have long realized that carbon dioxide emitted during the burning of fossil fuels tends to linger in the atmosphere for extended periods, even for centuries. Over the last few years, researchers have calculated that some of the resulting changes to the earth's climate, including increased temperature, are more persistent still: even if emissions are abruptly ended and carbon dioxide levels gradually drop, the temperature will stubbornly remain elevated for a thousand years or more. The earth's thermostat is essentially being turned up and there are no readily foreseeable ways to turn it back down; even risky geoengineering schemes would at best offset the higher temperatures only temporarily.

 


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