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Global warming limit could be passed within a decade

Global temperatures are set to pass a key target set out in the Paris Agreement within ten years.  That’s the stark warning from Richard Betts, head of climate impacts research at the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre to a meeting of climate scientists in Oxford.

According to Laurie Goering at Reuters:

“With world emissions unlikely to slow quickly enough to hit that target, it will probably be necessary to remove some carbon pollution from the atmosphere to stabilise the planet, scientists said at a University of Oxford conference on how to achieve the 1.5 degree goal.”

Curbing greenhouse gas emissions will no longer provide a sufficient response, so scientists are looking at alternatives that might remove carbon from the atmosphere in future.  This includes planting forests, and encouraging us to make lifestyle changes:

“Other changes – such as reducing food waste and creating more sustainable diets, with less beef and fewer imported greenhouse vegetables – could also play a big role…”

The scientists also acknowledged the likelihood that some countries will have turn to controversial geoengineering techniques designed to block out sunlight in an attempt to curb temperature rises.

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