10 Feb '12, 1pm

3 Ways to Get Ahead of Climate Change, Without Ditching Oil (Yet)

3 Ways to Get Ahead of Climate Change, Without Ditching Oil (Yet)

Greenhouse gas emissions are at record highs . The world's major emitters recently failed once again to reach an agreement to limit emissions. In the midst of all the gloom and doom, it is understandable that the International Energy Agency's latest World Energy Outlook has not received the attention it deserves. But anyone seriously concerned about climate change needs to understand two fundamental constraints that emerge from this report. How we respond to these two constraints will determine if there is a reasonable way forward on climate change. The first constraint has to do with trajectory of energy-related CO2 emissions required to keep the average temperature increase below the commonly accepted 2 degrees C threshold [PDF]. In the graph below, the IEA calls it the "450 Scenario" where the atmospheric CO2 concentration stays within 450 ppm. It requires emissions to ...

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