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Extreme weather risk high despite Paris Agreement: Study

IANS  |  Washington 

Meeting the Agreement's goal of keeping the global-scale warming this century to less than 2 degrees could still lead to events compared to the present, claims a study.

The Agreement saw nearly all the countries in the world set an aspirational target of capping at 1.5 degrees Celsius, reported on Thursday.

But even if the target was reached, "we still will be living in a climate that has a substantially greater probability of unprecedented events than the one we're in now", said Noah Diffenbaugh, a at and the paper's

The study published in the journal Science Advances showed that meeting the Agreement's goal was likely to reduce the area of the globe that experiences greater than threefold increases in the probability of record-setting events.

However, even at this reduced level of global warming, the world was still likely to see increases in record-setting events compared to the present.

The researchers found that if countries kept their minimum commitment to limit to 2-3 degrees Celsius, it was still likely to result in a more than fivefold increase in the probability of record-breaking warm nights over approximately 50 per cent of Europe, and more than 25 per cent of

A 2-3 degree would also likely result in a greater than three-fold increase in record-breaking wet days over more than 35 per cent of North America, and East Asia, the study said.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 14:14 IST