Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research by University College London (UCL) is the first to identify which reserves must not be burned if we are to keep the rise in global temperature under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands.

The report shows trillions of dollars of known and extractable coal, oil and gas, including most Canadian tar sands, all Arctic oil and gas and much potential shale gas, cannot be exploited if the global temperature rise is to be kept under the 2C safety limit agreed by the world’s nations. Currently, the world is heading for a catastrophic 5C of warming and the deadline to seal a global climate deal comes in December at a crunch UN summit in Paris.

Source: The Guardian

Date: January 2015

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