LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A common narrative in the discussion about global warming is that polluters are simply passing the problem onto the next generation. The implied message being that any negative effects of today's CO2 emissions won't be realized until decades later.
But new research suggests today's polluters will witness the atmospheric and environmental damage they've wrought within their lifetime -- and then some. The warming effects of CO2, it turns out, can be felt just a decade after the gas's release into the atmosphere. And these effects, researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science report, can last more than a century.