Photo Gallery: The Consequences of Climate Change
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Photo Gallery: The Consequences of Climate Change

Five Degrees of Ruination Scientists Forecast Dramatic Temperature Increase

The planet must not be allowed to warm beyond 2 degrees Celsius, according to the official targets at the Climate Change Conference in Doha. But a new study shows the goal is far from realistic. Current human activity is set to increase the temperature by some 5 degrees, and the consequences will be dire, scientists warn.

CO2 Emissions in 2011

  Emissions per person (tons) Total emissions (gigatons, in %) Increase (gigatons, in %)
Industrial countries 11 13.3 (40%) -0.094 (-0.7%)
USA 17.1 5.4 (16%) -0.101 (-1.8%)
European Union 7.2 3.6 (11%) -0.105 (-2.8%)
Russia 11.8 1.68 (5.1%) 0.047 (2.9%)
Japan 9.3 1.18 (3.6%) 0.004 (0.4%)
Germany 9 0.74 (2.2%) -0.028 (-3.6%)
       
Developing and emerging countries 3.4 19.7 (60%) 1.199 (6.5%)
China 6.7 9.1 (28%) 0.823 (9.9%)
India 1.8 2.26 (6.8%) 0.157 (7.5%)
Iran 8.4 0.64 (1.9%) 0.012 (1.9%)
South Korea 11.9 0.58 (1.7%) 0.020 (3.7 %)
South Africa 10.2 0.52 (1.6%) 0.008 (1.5%)
Source: Global Carbon Project
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