Tackling Global Warming with a Climate Modeling Calculator


This in-depth calculator lets you play around with ways to solve global warming

Vox, February 6, 2015

The world’s leaders are having a tough time figuring out how to solve global warming. This week, UN officials all but admitted it was unlikely that any new climate deal would avoid 2°C (3.6°F) of warming — the agreed-on limit.

Think you can do better? Then try playing around with this unbelievably detailed Global Calculator, a joint project from the UK government, the IEA, and others. It lets you fiddle with a whole slew of scenarios and assumptions about energy, food, transportation, and farming to see how they’d affect future emissions and global warming (based on climate modeling).

Here are 5 things I found while fiddling around with it:

1) Right now, we’re on pace for 3°C or more of global warming

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Under the International Energy Agency’s 4DS scenario, temperatures would rise between 1.5°C and 4.6°C by the end of the century. (Global Calculator)
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