China’s new goal posts virtually guarantee world will also miss never-exceed goal of well below two degrees
Going through two degrees higher average global temperature means that some tropical and sub-tropical areas will become lethally hot outdoors in the summertime for weeks at a time. Famines will spread, refugees will start to move by the millions, borders will slam shut, and wars become likely.
There is a risk, real but hard to quantify, that enough tipping points will be triggered to send the global climate off on a self-sustaining and irreversible transformation to a much hotter 'new normal,' writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Pixy.org