Reconciling predictions of climate change

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From Eurekalert,

New framework accounts for conflicting estimates of global temperature increases

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

audioicon_e4_relAUDIO: SEAS researchers Peter Huybers and Cristian Proistosescu resolved a major conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the… view more

Credit: Harvard SEAS

Harvard University researchers have resolved a conflict in estimates of how much the Earth will warm in response to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

That conflict — between temperature ranges based on global climate models and paleoclimate records and ranges generated from historical observations — prevented the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from providing a best estimate in its most recent report for how much the Earth will warm as a result of a doubling of CO2 emissions.

The researchers found that the low range of…

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