HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Delays in cutting greenhouse gasses could harm environment

Successful efforts to stabilize the level of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere could still result in serious ecological damage if the cutbacks do not begin soon enough, according to a new analysis.

Scientists Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University and Brian O'Neill of Brown University studied various strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, comparing plans that begin reductions right away and others that delay action and make a more intensive effort later. Even if they ultimately reach the same target level of greenhouse gasses, the plans would have dramatically different environmental consequences, the scientists found.

"Delay inevitably means more warming and faster warming," said Oppenheimer. "And that could be detrimental not just to ecosystems, but to major elements of the climate system."

In one scenario, for example, two different paths to the same goal could mean the difference between widespread loss of the world's coral reefs and more limited damage. Other scenarios could involve the difference between the disintegration or the stability of major ice sheets in Antarctica or Greenland, which would dramatically affect sea level.

The researchers reported their findings in a paper to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Oppenheimer is Princeton's Albert Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs. O'Neill holds appointments at Brown and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.

A dominant assumption in climate change research has been that there is an economic advantage to delaying action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, said Oppenheimer. One benefit to waiting is that new clean-energy technologies are likely to have been developed, so they could be deployed more intensively at less cost than today's technologies. Also, a general economic principle dictates that expenses delayed to the future are preferable to expenses made today,
'"/>

Contact: Steven Schultz
sschultz@princeton.edu
609-258-5729
Princeton University
15-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Rove beetles act as warning signs for clear-cutting consequences
2. NIH awards nearly $21 million to fund cutting-edge research equipment
3. On the cutting edge: Carbon nanotube cutlery
4. CSH Protocols publishes cutting-edge methods for analyzing complex molecular interactions
5. Small-scale logging leads to clear-cutting in Brazilian Amazon
6. Plant-cell-produced technologies-cutting edge approach to bringing solutions to the market
7. Logging doubles threat to the Amazon, rivaling clear-cutting, study suggests
8. Academy eBriefings offer comprehensive reports on more than 100 cutting-edge scientific issues
9. Delay in cutting the cord helps premature babies
10. Climate change and permafrost thaw alter greenhouse gas emissions in northern wetlands
11. Climos chief science officer to speak at NJIT about greenhouse gases

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Delays cutting greenhouse gasses could harm environment

(Date:7/2/2015)... , June 25, 2015 ... the addition of the "Natural Language Processing ... (Recognition, IVR, OCR, Pattern & Image Recognition) - ... offering. The key vendors occupying the ... IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, NetBase Solutions, SAS Institute ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... DUBLIN , June 25, 2015 ... the addition of the "Next Generation Biometrics Market ... to 2020" report to their offering. ... $24.4 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 17.9% ... is the leading application for the market. Safran ...
(Date:7/2/2015)... , July 2, 2015 Fingerprint Cards ... FPC1035, FPC1145 and FPC1155 from the distributor World Peace Industrial ... FPC,s distributors in Asia . Deliveries are ... sensors will be used by smartphone manufacturers in ... included in the communicated revenue guidance of approximately 2,200 MSEK ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Natural Language Processing Market by Type (Rule-Based, Statistical, and Hybrid), Technologies (Recognition, IVR, OCR, Pattern & Image Recognition) - Worldwide Forecast to 2020 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 3FPC Receives Order for Touch Fingerprint Sensors of 268 MSEK 2
(Date:7/3/2015)... ... July 03, 2015 , ... ... products for use in applications such as animal waste reduction, bioremediation, wastewater ... and restaurant kitchen settings, announced today that it will be showcasing, ManureMagic™, ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... WIEN , July 3, ... Tiedemiehet voivat hakea verkossa osoitteessa  ... for Open Innovation in Science" ... Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaftin (LBG) tekemän, ... tutkimuksen mukaan terveystieteiden kaksi suurinta ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... ... 2015 , ... The Alexander Group, a 30-year old, global ... typically known for its consummate professionalism-- embarks each year in a whacky marketing ... their day jobs. , "Our motto has always been work hard play hard," ...
(Date:7/3/2015)... ... July 03, 2015 , ... The global failure analysis ... from 2015 to 2020. The bioscience market is expected to grow at the highest ... of failure analysis equipment in the research labs and academic institutions for root cause ...
Breaking Biology Technology:DryLet to Highlight Benefits of Patented ManureMagic™ at North American Manure Expo in Chambersburg, PA July 14-15, 2015 2Maailman ensimmäinen tiedemiesten koulutukseen suunniteltu avoimen innovaation ohjelma käynnistyy 2Maailman ensimmäinen tiedemiesten koulutukseen suunniteltu avoimen innovaation ohjelma käynnistyy 3The Alexander Group Declares Their Independence with a Bit of Levity 2Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 2Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 3Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 4Failure Analysis Market to Grow at 7.52% CAGR to 2020 5
Cached News: