UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — New studies suggest our chances of keeping global temperatures from reaching “dangerous” levels are growing slim.
The Paris Agreement, an international plan to combat climate change, aims to keep Earth’s temperatures within 2 degrees Celsius of pre-industrial levels.
Scientists warn the effects of temperatures hotter than that would be “dangerous.”
The first of the two studies, published July 31, in the journal Nature Climate Change, says there’s only a 5 percent chance that Earth’s temperatures will stay within that two-degree mark by 2100.
The second study says that even if we stopped global emissions immediately, Earth’s temperatures would still increase 1.3 degrees by the end of the century because of emissions already released into the atmosphere.
Lead researcher Adrian Raftery of the first study told The Guardian, if the public wants to control rising temperatures, “we have very little time left. The public should be very concerned.”