Sunday, February 15, 2009

Climate Outlook Worse Than Expected: AAAS 2009 Meeting

Feb. 16 update:
More coverage from: Meanwhile, the ad hominem hack attacks have already begun.

Original post:
Recent climate change reports have actually underestimated the problem, according to a briefing Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Chicago. Christopher Field, a Stanford researcher, reported that greenhouse gas emissions from 2000 to 2007 have been underestimated. Field also noted the effect of positive feedback loops:
There is a real risk that human-caused climate change will accelerate the release of carbon dioxide from forest and tundra ecosystems, which have been storing a lot of carbon for thousands of years.
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