20 Jul '12, 6pm

Proven Fossil Fuel Reserves Contain 5x the Carbon We Can Burn Before Destroying Our Climate

Proven Fossil Fuel Reserves Contain 5x the Carbon We Can Burn Before Destroying Our Climate

If you haven't read Bill McKibben's new piece in Rolling Stone Global Warming's Terrifying New Math , do so. It's well worth it—though in all truth, for the most avid TreeHugger readers, you're probably aware of much of what McKibben presents. But even if you're in that camp I want to present one really serious part of the 'new math' presented. Consider this: If we're going to keep temperature rise below 2°C (a figure it increasingly appears is still too high to avoid some serious climate impacts, but it is internationally agreed to), then we have about 565 gigatons more CO2 we can send into the atmosphere over the next four decades or so. Then consider: The amount of carbon contained in the proven coal, oil and gas reserves of national oil companies and private corporations is about five times higher than this, 2795 gigatons. In other words, we simply cannot allow that fu...

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