Realistic projections show substantial global warming will occur during the 21st century.
As of 2018 the amount of carbon dioxide being emitted into the atmosphere annually was increasing rapidly, led by substantial increases in the developing countries of China and India, and modest increases in the United States, which under the Republican administration of Donald J. Trump, had adapted a scoff-law posture.
Due to high current costs, and future benefits far in the future, political support for effective measures which would forestall global warming is weak.
Notes and references
- "‘A kind of dark realism’: Why the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve"
- "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a new record high in 2018." "Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent."
- "It’s time to look at the (political) science behind climate change"