Warmer Temperatures from Carbon Dioxide are Felt a Decade After Release

December 3, 2014 3:18 PM

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It turns out that it takes just a decade for a single emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) to have its maximum warming effect on the Earth. The findings have major implications for future warming as human-created CO2 emissions continue to be released.

"Amazingly, despite many decades of climate science, there has never been a study focused on how long it takes to feel the warming from a particular emission of carbon dioxide, taking carbon-climate uncertainties into consideration," said Katharine Ricke, lead author of the new study, in a news rele...

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