Climate Change Worse Than Realized

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Xinhua) — Carlo Rubbia, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize in physics, says global warming is a much bigger problem than most people realize.

“My message is that the situation is much worse than one sees and believes,” Rubbia, an Italian particle physicist and inventor, told Xinhua in an interview on the sidelines of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Earth Summit).

Rubbia mentioned two “contradictory phenomena” — global warming and the aerosol masking effect which effectively offset the effects of the former.

Otherwise, the temperature of the Earth would have increased to about three degrees centigrade by now, he said.

“The man in the street does not realize the effects of climate change,” because in the last 10 years, the temperature did not increase substantially. So “people feel the pressure of global warming is not a reality,” he said.

 


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