The International Energy Agency (IEA) warns ‘The energy-related infrastructure then in place (in 2017) will generate all the CO2 emissions allowed’ ( in our carbon budget for limiting warming to 2C ) ‘leaving no room for additional power plants, factories and other infrastructure unless they are zero-carbon, which would be extremely costly’.
Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist, bluntly put it: ‘The door to reach two degrees is about to close. In 2017 it will be closed forever’.
In short we either change now or we lose our chance.
If we Earthlings do not get our emissions under control by 2017, our fossil fuel economies will ‘lock-in’ extremely dangerous warming.
How can we block that out of our collective consciousness? Anyone got a conspiracy theory handy? Nah, let’s use it to propel us into more determined action to counter and replace our evil addiction to fossil fuels.
Sapoty Brook, Mullumbimby