New research from scientists indicates that if net-zero emissions were achieved that a climate disaster could be stopped.
For a long time, it has been assumed that any achievement of net-zero would take generations to see progress, but in more recent times scientists have discovered that warming may be more quickly reversed.
The race to zero emissions by 2050 by over 100 countries with many of them signed into law would be a good start to turning back some of the damage done.
Our actions have a direct and immediate impact on surface warming.
A small increase in global average surface temperature occurring since the pre-industrial era (1880-1900) means a significant increase in accumulated heat.
A previous paper on “committed warming” also warned about the current trends, but if emissions are cut rapidly, temperature rises could be slowed and take centuries. This would leave more time for technologies to be developed. The timescale is important. For all of this to be achieved, one thing seems to be agreed, the world must become net zero as soon as possible.