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What Bill McKibben Said!

Posted in News by luvmyplanet on 17/12/2010

First of all, my apologies. Yesterday’s post may have implied that there would be no more posts about COP16 on this blog, and I actually thought it would be for a while, at least. However, my daily digest from TruthOut links to a must-read by Bill McKibben. Here is an excerpt from his article (via Tom Dispatch):

As of January 2008, our best climatologists gave us a number for how much carbon in the atmosphere is too much. At concentrations above 350 parts per million (ppm), a NASA team insisted, we can’t have a planet “similar to the one on which civilization developed and to which life on earth is adapted.” We’re already past that; we’re at 390 ppm. Which is why 2010 will be the warmest year on record, almost a degree Celsius above the planet’s natural average, according to federal researchers. Which is why the Arctic melted again this summer, and Russia caught fire, and Pakistan drowned.

So here’s the thing: Just as in Copenhagen, Obama’s delegation in Cancún has been arguing for an agreement that would limit atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to 450 parts per million, and the cuts they’ve been proposing might actually produce a world of about 550 parts per million.

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