Thursday, 12 February 2015

The rise in global temperatures is directly linked to emissions of carbon dioxide

When fossil fuels are burned they produce carbon dioxide.


The extra carbon dioxide makes the Earth's temperature rise.

This graph from Stanford University shows the effect.

New research has been published into how fossil fuels warm the Earth.


Exactly how much warmer will it become as human activities produce more carbon dioxide?

This graph produced by the research team shows that as extra carbon dioxide has been added to the air, temperatures rise.

Warming and carbon emissions are linked by processes in the oceans, which take up heat and carbon. 

This link means that whatever warming we experience, it will stay around for many centuries after carbon emissions are stopped.

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