The implications of COP21 for our future climate

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Abstract

Rising CO2 in the atmosphere is the main cause of anthropogenic climate change, and the data shows a clear increase in global temperature of about 1 °C since pre-industrial levels. Changes in climate extremes are also occurring, with observed increases in the frequency of heat waves, in intense precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) in many places, and in sea level and storm surges. A changing climate with rising extremes has associated risks for food production and other health-related impacts. In order to limit climate change well below 2 °C, our carbon emissions must rapidly follow a decreasing trajectory to near zero.
Original languageEnglish
Article number29
JournalPublic Health Reviews
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Climate change
  • CO2 emissions
  • Global warming
  • COP21
  • Health

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