What Would the World Be Like in 2030 If We Cut Carbon Emissions Just a Little Bit Now?
March 01, 2016
According to a team of researchers from Duke University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, slashing carbon emissions could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths by 2030, in addition to reducing global warming.
How much does a 2-degree Celsius increase matter? It's actually considered the threshold at which the changes brought about by global warming could exceed our ability to adapt to disasters like droughts and flooding.
The transportation and energy sectors are the two largest sources of pollutants responsible for climate change in the United States. The carbon emissions attributed to climate change have negative consequences for human and environmental health.
What would happen if emissions in both sectors were reduced enough by 2030 to put the U.S. on the path to stay under the 2-degree Celsius threshold?
The nationwide health benefits of reducing carbon emissions far exceed the cost of implementing new policies—around $250 billion a year.
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