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If you have been following this blog for a while you know Iâ€™ve warned on numerous occasions that the climate predictions from the IPCC have been way too conservative. And now we see scientists, like Field, from the IPCC coming out and warning us that climate change is accelerating much faster than their conservative climate models have predicted.
The greenhouse gas emissions from the increased burning of coal in developing countries, such as China and India, have according to Field â€œlargely outpaced the estimates used in the U.N. panel's 2007 reportsâ€. But what is even more worrying is Field is warning that the planets feedback loops have started to kick in:
And this is the real killer. Because if these natural feedback loops starts pumping out massive amounts of CO2 on â€œautopilotâ€ it doesnâ€™t really matter how much greenhouse gas emissions we reduce. Because then we would have passed the threshold of no return and head towards a catastrophically 6 degrees increase in global temperatures.
The next climate report from the IPCC, the Fifth Assessment Report, may actually be based on up-to-date predictions and findings and will also contain policy proposals: