Mercedes

A- A A+

Fossil fuels are a threat to civilisation

The Intercept  |  14 October 2018  |  News

AROUND THE MIDDLE of the last century, the chemical DDT was found to pose a risk to human and animal health. The ultimate response — after a prolonged fight between environmentalists and the chemical industry — was a federal ban on all uses of the substance found to be unsafe.

On Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a daunting report, suggesting that we are currently on track for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC authors promise that we will see coastal cities swallowed by the sea, global food shortages, and $54 trillion in climate-associated costs as soon as 2040.

That fast-approaching catastrophe is the motivation for the demands of Global South residents and their allies, for whom rising tides and superstorms are already a reality. They’ve long chanted “1.5 to survive” through the fluorescent-lit halls of U.N. climate talks, and this new report — which outlines pathways to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — is a testament to that work. The figure is in line with the “well below 2 degrees” target outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement and, according to the co-chair of one of the IPCC working groups that crafted the report, Jim Skea, hitting that target “is possible within the laws of physics and chemistry.”

Read More: https://theintercept.com/2018/10/09/un-report-climate-change-fossil-fuels/

Mercedes

 

 


Submit a comment

Word Count: 0

Mercedes


Quick Poll

Which stock will rank best
BHP
CBA
GOOGL
AAPL
MSFT

 


Similar articles from News

The literature of liberalism

The Economist. 17/09/2018.

The fourth and final instalment in our project to build a reading list of great liberal thinkers. The definition of liberalism has long been the sourc..


The Economist’s new China column: Chaguan

The Economist. 17/09/2018.

GIVEN his love of Chinese teahouses, Mr Yang, a retired academic from Chengdu, was born in the right place at a terrible time. Within living memory hi..


Mercedes