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>> A new study says that the global warming target set at the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement may be too little to stop catastrophic temperature rises. The goal of the accord is to keep the world's average temperature from rising two degrees Celsius above what it was before the industrial revolution.
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Even two degrees comes with it's own dangers, but is widely considered a tipping point for the planet. We're currently at one degree Celsius and rising. The latest study was conducted jointly by the Australian National University, University of Copenhagen, and other institutes. It says that even if that goal was met, other processes that have already been worsened by climate change may carry the Earth up to four to five degrees higher.
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Processes such as melting polar ice and methane releasing from the sea floor. A rise of that magnitude would make new regions of the planet uninhabitable in time. And in the short term scenes like the rare heat wave currently hitting Europe would become much more common, along with the disasters that accompany it.
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It may all be a moot point though. The United Nations has previously warned that the voluntary greenhouse gas reductions agreed in Paris may not be enough to reach the two degree target anyway, even if governments kept to their pledges. Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it altogether.