IN CONTEXT

KEY FIGURES

Bert Bolin (1925–2007), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1988–)

BEFORE

1955 American scientist Gilbert Plass concludes that higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) will lead to higher temperatures.

1957 American scientist Roger Revelle and Austrian physical chemist Hans Suess jointly publish a report proving that the oceans will not absorb the excess CO2 in the atmosphere.

1968 British glaciologist John H. Mercer theorizes a catastrophic rise in sea levels in the next 40 years due to the collapse of Antarctic ice sheets.

AFTER

2020 Plans created by the Paris Agreement to combat climate change are due to ...

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