An article by Bill McKibben which appears in the 2 August 2012 edition of the Rolling Stone sheds some light on how easily we’ll meet that 2degree increase of global temperature that is possibly the tipping point of human existence.
The article highlights that the fossil fuel industry will have to change now (essentially we have to stop burning fossil fuels asap) to avoid catastrophe and discusses how the methods of attempting to change their current modus operandi hasn’t worked.
Its a long article, but its worth the read.
From the article:
“We have five times as much oil and coal and gas on the books as climate scientists think is safe to burn. We’d have to keep 80 percent of those reserves locked away underground to avoid that fate. Before we knew those numbers, our fate had been likely. Now, barring some massive intervention, it seems certain.”
‘Not long ago, the Chamber even filed a brief with the EPA urging the agency not to regulate carbon – should the world’s scientists turn out to be right and the planet heats up, the Chamber advised, “populations can acclimatize to warmer climates via a range of behavioral, physiological and technological adaptations.’ As radical goes, demanding that we change our physiology seems right up there.” Nice, lets just mutate to survive a hotter, less oxygenated world with fewer food sources.
Full article here.