Climate Change

Bill McKibben has estimated that if we are to keep temperature increases to only two degrees Cent. That we can only burn an additional 565 gigatons of carbon. Oil companies have leases for 2,795 gigatons. That means that to keep the world livable we need to keep 80% of the fossil fuels in the ground. The IPCC’s estimate is that it would only take burning 469 gigatons to reach two degrees which means we would have to keep 85% in the ground.

Another recent study predicts that if we continue on our current course the Antarctica ice will all melt if all fossil fuels are burned. That would mean an increase in sea levels of about 200 feet in the next thousand years. This would put almost all of Florida, much of Louisiana and Texas, the entire East Coast of the United States, large parts of Britain, much of the European Plain, and huge parts of coastal Asia under water. The cities lost would include Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Washington, New York, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, Sydney, Rome and Tokyo.

The evidence is mounting. Here are some videos that explain what is going on.

This is Climate Change 101 4 min.

What we know 9:54

The state of the science  4:00 min.

The cost of carbon 3:30

Bill McKibbons new math. 3:50

Trailer  2:00  min

A Way Forward: Facing Climate Change Natl. Geographic. 7:43 min.

Time for a carbon fee 5:20

About altruist1

I am a raging progressive and a writer. I received Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Arts with a Secondary teaching certificate and a minor in Physics. I taught for about ten years, then did various jobs including welding,fabrication and traffic engineering, and am now retired. I am interested in science, energy, the environment, and architecture.
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