Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target
They argue for new “narrative” so world can better prepare for dangerous climate change impacts.
It took a long time for nations to set a speed limit on the road to a warming world.
Now, two Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) climate scientists and two colleagues argue that policymakers need to acknowledge that the world is already on track for warming beyond 2°C. (See related "Quiz: What You Don't Know About Climate Change Science.")
"A policy narrative that continues to frame this target as the sole metric of success or failure to constrain climate change risk is now itself becoming dangerous," wrote Todd Sanford and Peter Frumhoff of UCS in the commentary published Wednesday in Nature Climate Change. "[It] ill-prepares society to confront and manage the risks of a world that is increasingly likely to