CO2 Emissions Take Just 10 Years to Reach Peak Heat

December 3, 2014 6:38 PM

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CO2 Emissions Take Just 10 Years to Reach Peak Heat

In a study that could have important ramifications on estimating the impacts, costs and benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions, new research shows that CO2 brings peak heat within a decade of being emitted, with the effects then lingering 100 years or more into the future.

The research, published Wednesday in Geophysical Research Letters, provides policymakers and economists with a new perspective on how fast human carbon emissions heat the planet. Back-of-the-envelope estimates for how long it takes for a given puff of CO2 to crank up the heat have generally been fro...

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