Warming Solution: Just Stop Cold?
The greatest climate threat is from future cars and building, study says
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This might sound like an environmentalist's dream—or a CEO's nightmare—but it's a serious question addressed by a new study published in the September 10 issue of Science.
If we were to go on using the things we already have, but didn't build new things that used fossil fuel, then the planet would heat up another 0.5ºF to 1.2ºF (0.3ºC to 0.7ºC), the study estimates.
This would keep the total amount of warming, since pre-industrial times, to less than 3.6ºF (2ºC), according to the study.
This amount of warming happens to be the threshold identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as important for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. A