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Why Half-a-Degree Matters to the Global Climate

New research supports claims by small island nations that one-half degree in climate warming makes a difference.  The Paris Climate Agreement signed at United Nations headquarters last week (April 22) included two temperature limits: 1.5° and 2.0° Celsius above pre-industrial times. The additional 0.5°C would mean a 10-centimeter-higher global sea-level rise by 2100, longer heat waves, and a greater threat to virtually all tropical coral reefs according to the study by...

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