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"Climate Change: The Clock Keeps Ticking"

Chinese workers walk past arrays of solar panels at a photovoltaic power plant in Hami, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, 16 Mar. 2012.
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"Climate Change: The Clock Keeps Ticking"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, CAIJING Annual Edition: Forecasts and Strategies, pages 174-176


Authors: William R. Moomaw, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Member of the Board

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Energy Technology Innovation Policy; Environment and Natural Resources; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


The emission powers have climate goals, but the question is whether any country can implement measures to achieve them


Three reports between Sept. and Nov. 2011 documented a rapidly accelerating deterioration in the global climate system caused by the release of heat trapping gases from the intensive use of fossil fuels, land use change and industrial gas emissions. Fortunately, a fourth report suggests a means for mitigating these emissions in a manner that is aligned with a growing part of the Chinese economy.

In Nov. 2011, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation.

This report concluded that extreme events like floods and prolonged droughts are already occurring as a result of human alteration of the climate system.

These changes are occurring because of additions of heat trapping gases to the atmosphere and to land use changes.

The observed damage from these altered climate events is often worsened by decisions to build or place communities in vulnerable locations....

The entire article may be downloaded below.


CAIJING Annual Edition is produced by the CAIJING editorial team at the end of every year. CAIJING Annual Edition reflects on the most important developments of the past 12 months and explores world trends for the coming year.


For more information about this publication please contact the ETIP Coordinator at 617-496-5584.

For Academic Citation:

Moomaw, William R. and Kelly S. Gallagher. "Climate Change: The Clock Keeps Ticking." CAIJING Annual Edition: Forecasts and Strategies, 2012.

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