Even if All Fossil-Fuel Emissions Were to Stop, Impact of Climate Change Will Continue for Centuries

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Tue, Nov 4th, 2014 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to a report contributed by Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University geosciences professor, even if the world was able to cut down its emissions and bring them to a level comparable to that of the 1950s, some of the impacts of global warming "will continue for centuries."

The report said some impacts of climate change will “continue for centuries,” even if all emissions from fossil-fuel burning were to stop. The question facing governments is whether they can act to slow warming to a pace at which humans and natural ecosystems can adapt, or risk “abrupt and irreversible changes” as the atmosphere and oceans absorb ever-greater amounts of thermal energy within a blanket of heat-trapping gases, according to scientists who contributed to the report.

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