Climate scientists have bad news for governments, energy companies, motorists, passengers and citizens everywhere in the world: to contain global warming to the limits agreed by 195 nations in Paris last December, they will have to cut fossil fuel combustion at an even faster rate than anybody had predicted.
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It’s a real pity that Radford reports the paper as identifying a global carbon budget of 1240 GtCO2, when actually it proposes a range of between 590 and 1240 GtCO2. That is from one quarter to one half of the pre-Paris assessments of up to 2390 GtCO2.
Journalists’ self-censorship is likely to be the death of a lot of people.