Bill McKibben's Terrifying Math' article

From: Kristen W.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:32 PM
Hi All,
This is an excerpt and link from the article I mentioned at our meeting last night explaining the ''Carbon Budget" and a technical pdf about coal trains as an attachment.
Kristen Walser

"Think of two degrees Celsius [warming] as the legal drinking limit – equivalent to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level below which you might get away with driving home. The 565 gigatons [CO2 estimated left to stay under 2 degrees] is how many drinks you could have and still stay below that limit – the six beers, say, you might consume in an evening. And the 2,795 gigatons [amount of CO2 in known fossil fuel reserves]? That's the three 12-packs the fossil-fuel industry has on the table, already opened and ready to pour.

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."

Global Warming's Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is

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