U.N. Panel Lowers Emissions Estimates

Delegates at U.N. climate talks in Poland will be working with lowered historical emissions estimates as they set climate goals for the future.
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Alex Brown
Nov. 13, 2013, 5:12 a.m.

The United Na­tions In­ter­gov­ern­ment­al Pan­el on Cli­mate Change has lowered its es­tim­ates of his­tor­ic­al emis­sions, Bloomberg re­ports.

Its ori­gin­al fig­ures pegged car­bon emis­sions since 1870 at 531 bil­lion met­ric tons, but the re­vised num­ber is slightly lower at 515 bil­lion. “Er­rors can al­ways oc­cur in a hu­man en­deavor even if you do a very thor­ough re­vi­sion,” said Thomas Stock­er, a draftee of the ori­gin­al re­port. “Ad­dress­ing these er­rors ex­ped­i­tiously and trans­par­ently adds to the cred­ib­il­ity of the pro­cess.”

Poli­cy­makers meet­ing this week in Po­land are us­ing the es­tim­ates to set cli­mate goals to re­duce emis­sions.

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