From Mother Nature Network’s Russell McClendon: Burning fossil fuels could raise Earth’s temperature by 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit (6 degrees Celsius) within 88 years, according to a new report by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
That’s triple the goal of the 2009 Copenhagen Accord, a nonbinding U.N. treaty in which 141 nations pledged that “the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius” (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
“It’s time to plan for a warmer world,” PwC partner Leo Johnson writes in the report’s introduction. “Even doubling our current rate of decarbonisation would still lead to emissions consistent with 6 degrees (Celsius) of warming by the end of the century. To give ourselves a more than 50% chance of avoiding 2 degrees (Celsius) will require a six-fold improvement in our rate of decarbonisation.”
That’s not impossible, but as Johnson points out, it’s unlikely.