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:


(Date:2/1/2016)... YORK , Feb. 1, 2016  Today, the ... Association (AHA) announced plans to develop a first of ... computing power of IBM Watson. In the first application ... AHA, IBM (NYSE: IBM ), and Welltok will ... and health assessments with cognitive analytics, delivered on Welltok,s ...
(Date:1/27/2016)... , Jan. 27, 2016  Rite Track, Inc. a ... West Chester, Ohio announced today ... service staff, based in Austin, Texas ... ability to provide modifications, installations and technical support offerings ... CEO of PLUS, commented, "PLUS has provided world class ...
(Date:1/22/2016)... 22, 2016 ... of the  "Global Behavioral Biometric Market ... --> http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4lmf2s/global_behavioral ) has announced ... Biometric Market 2016-2020"  report to their ... Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4lmf2s/global_behavioral ) has announced the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... Contact:, Abby Mitchell, ... Excellence in Education Sponsors Teacher Training Program , Bite of Science Dinner Event ... Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) will sponsor a Bite of Science professional ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016 On Thursday, February 11, ... source for community, health and disaster services, and the ... integrate to enhance care coordination and service delivery for ... they need and to better connect service providers to ... San Diego has handled more ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 04, ... ... future of enterprise talent development and compliance training, today announced an interactive ... on Morf Playbook™. The RAPS (Regulatory Affairs Professional Society) accredited interactive course ...
(Date:2/4/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 04, 2016 , ... ... latest GC-MS and triple quad LC-MS, host live demos and poster sessions, and ... conference and exhibition. The conference takes place March 6 to 10 at the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: