Emissions could fuel global warming for millennia

Emissions could fuel global warming for millennia

Climate simulation projects effects of greenhouse gases farther into the future than ever before

By Jessica Shugart, 15:49 PM August 8, 2013

If human fossil fuel consumption continues as projected the environmental effects will be felt for millennia, according to a new analysis that considers long-term feedback processes not usually included in climate projections. Taking those processes into account increases the estimated likelihood of eventual ice sheet disintegration and major sea level rise.

As atmospheric carbon dioxide rises and the planet heats up, the resulting changes in atmospheric water vapor, cloud cover, snow cover...

Source URL: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/emissions-could-fuel-global-warming-millennia?mode=topic&context=60