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The world on fire


Bowman, DMJS, The world on fire, New Scientist, New Scientist, London, 204, 2729, pp. 28-29. (2009) [Magazine Article]


IF WE are lucky, an international climate agreement will be forged in Copenhagen later this year and emissions targets set in a bid to limit global warming to 2 C above pre-industrial levels. Agreement in Denmark or not, I find the breezy way so many politicians and commentators talk as if such an increase were no big deal truly amazing. The truth is we have no idea what will happen at those places where you and I live if we raise the global thermostat 2 C or more. Worse, there is another factor that could crank that thermostat still higher, making life quite as intolerable as the well-understood threat from rising sea levels: fire.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other environmental sciences
Research Field:Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bowman, DMJS (Professor David Bowman)
ID Code:62180
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2010-03-10
Last Modified:2011-06-20

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