Scientists are skeptical about the US China climate change agreement and opine that it will have little impact upon the rising global temperatures unless other countries also agree to cut down in the same proportion. China which has become the world’s number one polluter will continue to do so till 2030 under the present agreement.
The US is the second largest polluter has agreed to cut down the pollution caused by burning fossil fuels to levels not seen 1969. However experts fear that the cuts by the US will be offset by the Chinese pollution growth over the next 15 years.
In 2009 the world community has set a goal of limiting warming to about another 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius) above current levels. Experts calculated that this mark will be reached by 2040 and the latest US China accord will do little to change that.
In 2009, countries across the globe Peters’ team calculated this fall that the mark would be reached around 2040 and the U.S.-China accord doesn’t change that, he said.
MIT professor John Sterman said “It doesn’t buy a lot of time for when we blast through the 2-degree level.”