Emissions Cuts Up in Smoke?Dec 2nd, 2016 • Category: Science & the Environment
By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 13
MIT scientists say that even if all of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is put into place, the United States will not reach its Paris climate accord promise to lower greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025. America has already used too many fossil fuels due to inexpensive gasoline and natural gas. The emissions cuts are not deep enough. The United Nations recommends that the global temperature not increase more than two degrees in order to prevent the worst global warming effects. Even with the Paris Accord, global temperatures will rise 3.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 if other measures are not put into place. President-elect Donald Trump said he would cancel the promises that were made regarding emissions regulations at the Paris climate talks.
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