01 Dec '11, 4pm

We've only got five years left to avoid catastrophic climate change - someone tell George Osborne

Originally posted at Comment is free . Imagine you are on a ship that is holed beneath the waterline and starting to list. Then you notice the chief petty officer running around knocking more holes into the hull in a desperate, though obviously misguided, bid to keep the ship afloat. Welcome to Britain in winter 2011. In August 2008, on the basis of the best information available and a few conservative projections, colleagues and I estimated that the world had 100 months before it would no longer be "likely" (a definition of risk used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that we could hold global warming below the threshold of a two-degree temperature rise – the agreed target of the EU and others. To some at the time it seemed dramatic, alarmist. To us we were just pointing out the inevitable physical and chemical consequences of greenhouse gases steadily accu...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2011/12/01/george-osborn...

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