(That’s 40 degrees F hotter than pre-industrial temps. -TG)
By The Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development Washington, DC 14 April 2014
Fast actions to cut short-lived climate pollutants can help, along with expanding renewable energy, other measures
Global greenhouse gas emissions increased by the equivalent of ten billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) between 2000 and 2010, according to a new report released this week by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and half of all human CO2 emissions between 1750 and 2010 have occurred in the last forty years. Without additional efforts to significantly cut emissions, global temperatures could hit a staggering 4.8C above preindustrial temperatures by the end of the century, with potentially disastrous consequences for humanity, ecosystems, and sustainable development.