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Posted Tue Sep 16 2008: from PNAS, via Mongabay:
Earth already committed to 2.4-degree C rise from climate change http://apocadocs.com/s.pl?1221589726
As of 2005 the Earth was already committed to rise of global mean temperatures by 2.4C (4.3F), concludes a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The conclusion is significant because the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that a rise in global temperature by 1 to 3C will lead to catastrophic consequences, including "widespread loss of biodiversity, widespread deglaciation of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and a major reduction of area and volume of Hindu-Kush-Himalaya-Tibetan glaciers, which provide the head-waters for most major river systems of Asia." These glaciers, predicted to shrink considerably in the next few decades, provide food and water to over two billion people.
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