15 Jul '11, 12pm

Carbon Bubble Growing, but Markets Aren't Listening

Carbon Bubble Growing, but Markets Aren't Listening

How much carbon dioxide would be released if all the proven fossil fuel reserves owned by public companies was burnt? Carbon Tracker 's estimate: 745 gigatonnes CO2. How much carbon dioxide can we afford to release in the next 40 years to limit the probability of exceeding 2 degrees of global warming? The answer: 565 Gt CO2 And that's before you worry about the government and privately owned reserves -- the total CO2 potential of all global reserves is 2,795 GtCO2. As a result, we can only afford to burn 20 percent of all proven reserves, according to our new research . This illustrates how disconnected the world's capital markets are from any objectives to tackle climate change. It shows that the short-term profit based approach of today's financial instruments do not recognize the signals of long-term regulatory action to limit climate change. This raises questions about...

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