08 Dec '11, 9pm

The brutal logic of climate change mitigation

The brutal logic of climate change mitigation

Grist does not support alcohol as a means to deal with problems. Nor does it support trading climate change mitigation for economic growth. In my last post , I discussed a new peer-reviewed paper by climate scientists Kevin Anderson and Alice Bows. It paints a grim picture: The commonly accepted threshold of climate "safety," 2 degrees C [3.6 degrees F] temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, is now properly considered extremely dangerous ; even 2 degrees C is drifting out of reach, absent efforts of a scale and speed beyond anything currently proposed; our current trajectory is leading us toward 4 or 6 (or 8 or 10) degrees C, which we now know to be a potentially civilization-threatening disaster. Like I said, go ahead and pour yourself a stiff drink. So, what does this grim situation say about our current climate policy efforts? The paper also contains some importan...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-12-08-the-brutal...

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