Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Bold Move In Support of Climate Science

We have passed 400 ppm CO2, beyond and earlier goal, 350 ppm.   We must act immediately to avoid a truly dire climate.  And now we have a newspaper joining the moment.

The U.K. Guardian has launched a campaign of science and conscience to reverse humanity’s self-destructive pursuit of burning all of the world’s fossil fuels: #keepitintheground. Journalism professor and media critic Jay Rosen labeled it “an old fashioned newspaper campaign.” 
The Guardian starts by calling on Bill and Melinda Gates to divest their foundation from all investments in fossil fuels. Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger has also asked for help from whistleblowers in fossil fuel industries to help expose the industry. 
Full details of the Guardian campaign — including a petition you can sign — are here. Potential whistleblowers, please click here
The science is crystal clear that we need to leave the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground unburnt if we are to have any realistic chance whatsoever of limiting total warming to non-catastrophic levels. The journal Nature spelled that out in a January study, “The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 °C.”


The Guardian has posted a video on their website explaining why we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and why that is the biggest story in the world: