If net zero goals are reached by 2050 then global temperature increases could stabilise within a few decades, giving renewed hope for future control of the climate crisis.
New research suggests that global warming could be steadied within a few decades if we reach zero carbon emissions.
It’s long been thought that planetary shifts in temperature would be ‘locked in’ and continue for generations, even if we successfully lowered emission rates to zero by 2050. This is due to a lag in greenhouse gas accumulation once it reaches the atmosphere.
However, scientists have now equated for the dynamism of Earth’s natural ecosystems such as oceans, wetlands, and forests, all of which absorb huge amounts of carbon, and reckon we may be able to stabilise global warming quicker than initially believed. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will decrease as a result of these ecosystems if emissions are brought down to zero.