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Hothouse Earth Paper
submitted by AndrakhI 12 hours ago (via onlinemarketingscoops.com)
If the past year of floods, fires, heat waves, and droughts are any indicator, climate change is going to be rough. But in case you weren’t already alarmed, a team of prominent climate scientists has penned a paper warning that just two degrees Celsius of human-caused warming could send us spiraling toward a “hothouse Earth”—one that’s up to five degrees Celsius (nine degrees Fahrenheit) warmer with sea levels tens of meters higher than present-day.It’s an awful, apocalyptic scenario. But how likely is it to occur, and at what temperature threshold? That remains to be seen.The new paper is a literature review that doesn’t try to pin down probabilities, and its suggestion that two degrees of warming—the goal set forth in the Paris Agreement just a few years ago—might be enough to send us careening toward much hotter world is just a hypothesis. Mostly, it serves as a reminder that catastrophic cascades are within the realm of possibility.
 
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