Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Possible Future without Climate Policy

Top panel: Fossil-fuel CO2 emissions for two scenarios: one “business as usual” [red] and
the other with net emissions peaking before 2020 and then reducing rapidly to near zero emissions by
2100, with the cumulative emission between 2000 and 2050 capped at 1000 billion tonnes of CO2 [blue].
Bottom panel: Median projections and uncertainties of global-mean surface air temperature based on
these two emissions scenarios out to 2100. The darkest shaded range for each scenario indicates the
most likely temperature rise (50% of simulations fall within this range). Adapted from Meinshausen et al.(2009)