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Pace of Climate Change Exceeds Estimates of 2007 IPCC Report

The pace of global warming is accelerating much faster than was predicted in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased more quickly than expected and higher temperatures are triggering self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms in global ecosystems.   Scientists at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University released their findings on February 14th at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  “We are basically looking now at a future climate that’s beyond anything we’ve considered seriously in climate model simulations,” said Christopher Field, principle investigator of the study.

To read more on the Carnegie Institution’s AAAS paper, click here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/14/AR2009021401757.html

To read more on why the 2007 IPCC report is already out of date, click here:
http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2120