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Geoengineering may be used to combat global warming, experts say

IPCC authors suggest there is high agreement that injection of chemicals into stratosphere could help limit rises — The world may increasingly look to geoengineering in the wake of the latest UN climate report, which says it could be adopted as a temporary “remedial measure” if the world heads towards dangerous levels of warming. The …

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World leaders told they must act over climate change ‘cliff-edge’

Christiana Figueres, who led the 2015 Paris accord, stresses urgency of meeting 1.5°C target — Political leaders have been urged to act on the landmark special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has warned that strong efforts would be required to prevent disastrous consequences from dangerous levels of climate change. Christiana Figueres, …

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fundamental questions are being raised about the ability of governments to stop the earth from spiralling into a ‘hothouse’

Earth’s climate monsters could be unleashed as temperatures rise

As a UN panel prepares a report on 1.5°C global warming, researchers warn of the risks of ignoring ‘feedback’ effects — This week, hundreds of scientists and government officials from more than 190 countries have been buzzing around a convention centre in the South Korean city of Incheon. They are trying to agree on the …

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World is finally waking up to climate change, says ‘hothouse Earth’ author

Report predicting spiralling global temperatures has been downloaded 270,000 times in just a few days — The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer’s heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent “hothouse Earth” report. Following an unprecedented 270,000 downloads of …

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Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

A new study examines potential climate feedbacks that could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state — A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans …

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From greenhouse to hothouse: the language of climate change

Feedback effects could spark irreversible global warming, says scientists. But what does the word ‘hothouse’ imply? — Scientists warned this week that feedback effects in global warming might tip the Earth into a “hothouse state”, recovery from which could be impossible, even by reductions in CO2 emissions. How frightened should we be about moving from …

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Earth risks tipping into ‘hothouse’ state – study

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point — (TAMPA, United States) The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a …

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Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state

Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile — A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists …

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