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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions may not be enough to preserve Earth's current climate: study

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions may not be enough to preserve Earth's current climate: study

The longer humans continue to pour carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the closer we draw to leaving the next generation with an unmanageable climate problem, scientists say. A new study, just out Tuesday in the journal Earth System Dynamics, suggests that merely reducing greenhouse gas emissions may no longer be enough - and that special technology, aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, may also be necessary to keep the Earth's climate within safe limits for future generations.

The research was largely inspired by a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by 21 children against the federal government, which is scheduled to go to trial in February 2018, and will be...

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