Colloquium Barbante

Too late for 2° C? From Paris Agreement to the Climate of Tomorrow....

19-12-2019 | 15:00 | Aula "A. Rostagni" - DFA - Padova

Prof. Carlo Barbante - Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics, University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice & Institute of Polar Sciences – CNR, Italy

We live in a world in great evolution, but what worries us most is the extraordinary speed with which the Planet's climate is changing.
In the last ten thousand Years Earth has never experienced such sudden changes in temperature.
It has been ascertained long time ago that the increase in average temperatures is due to the emission into the atmosphere of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO 2). CO 2 emissions have increased in recent decades at a rate of + 2% per year, bringing concentrations in the atmosphere to over 415 parts per million.
We must go back in time at least 5 million years before finding such high concentrations.
In order to stabilise the Planet's average temperature by 2° C, therefore, a drastic and immediate reduction in emission is indispensable.

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