Bits of Science
Finally! The last piece of our series about the ‘Real’ Global Temperature Trend at Bits of Science. How do recent global temperature records compare to the 30-year average, to the rise in CO2 – and to different forms of ‘climate inertia’? BIG CONCLUSION:
Despite the global heat record of 2016, a large part of CO2’s warming is not yet visible. If we stabilise the atmospheric CO2 concentration at the current level, warming might even still double(!)
This little-known ‘climate inertia’ is gonna bite us all in a very nasty way – unless we draw the right conclusion: it means we should not ‘just’ lower our emissions, we should effectively lower the atmospheric CO2 concentration – if at least we mean to stay within internationally agreed limits (both the 1.5 & the 2 degrees target).
We would like to thank the many climate scientists who kindly and freely helped us throughout writing this series – and the many more whose invaluable (ongoing) research we could draw from!
[A short disclaimer: we try our bests and we put in quite some work – but (to us mere science writers) climate science is very complicated and we do make mistakes. Therefore please regard our conclusions as indicative, not quantitative.]
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