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More than 2°C of Committed Warming

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According to the report just published by Nanjing University, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Texas A&M University, there is already enough greenhouse gas in the atmosphere to have driven radiative forcing to (today’s) level, and that is sufficient to ultimately warm our planet’s average surface temperature to a “most likely value of +2.3 degrees C (4.1 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels.

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Matt Chester on Jan 11, 2021

A really disappointing moving of the goalposts--- shows that 'time' is our most precious commodity in this fight, and we're squandering it

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John Benson on Jan 11, 2021

Thanks for the comment. Matt.

I thought about expanding this to a full post rather than a one-pager, but the LLNL reference is good short description. The link below is more oriented towards lay-persons (vs. scientists / engineers).

https://time.com/5926319/global-warming-climate-goals/

Also, I read through my two earlier posts linked in this one, and thought they offered enough information on the subject for a deep dive if readers are so inclined.

I get a weekly really thin local newspaper mailed to me in Livermore (The Independent). They do a reasonably good job of covering things at LLNL, and that was the original source of this information. I live in a truly strange place.

-John

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