GEOG 339 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, Sea Level Rise, Paris Agreement

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13 Dec 2016

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Greenhouse effect: the exchange of incoming and outgoing radiation that warms the earth greenhouse gases: a gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect by absorbing radiation. Co2: other than water vapor, most in our atmosphere. N2o: ~265x more effective per ton of co2 emissions. James hansen: raised one of the earliest alarms regarding climate change. release of greenhouse gases. Un framework convention on climate change: 1994, committed countries to voluntarily reduce. Intergovernmental panel on climate change (ipcc): un body founded in 1988 that evaluates climate change science. Assesses research and creates major assessment reports every 5-7 years compliance was low, need for stronger agreement depending on path of mitigation world collectively takes, ipcc suggests global average will rise. 2007: very likely, greater than 90% chance. U. s didn"t ratify largest share of historical and current global emissions has originated in developed countries per capita emissions in developing countries still low. China, india, brazil and other developing nations exempt.

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