Gallery: U.N. Says Emissions Vows Not Enough to Avoid Devastating Clima...

 

New modeling released by the United Nations today paints a very disturbing picture – the emission cuts pledges made by the 60 countries who signed the Copenhagen Accord will not be enough to keep the average global temperature rise low enough to avoid devastating climate change. The simple explanation is in order to stay in the safe zone, scientists say temperatures need to be limited to a rise of no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) above pre-industrial times. Unfortunately, the new study shows that even if every country that promised to cut their greenhouse emissions does so at the levels agreed to (and who knows if that will even happen?), the total amount of emissions produced would still be gigatonnes over what scientists view as tolerable.

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