Can we quit coal in time? IPCC warns world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A shot of an active coal-fired power station near a residential area in China.

The IPCC issued its bleakest report yet this week, saying that without drastic changes, the world doesn’t have a hope of avoiding uncontrollable climate change.

Unless emissions are halved within 12 years and virtually eliminated by 2050, temperature increases will likely exceed 2 degrees Celsius.

Beyond 2 degrees, scientists predict temperature increases may spiral as the climate breaches a series of unique tipping points, such as the melting of the permafrost.

The top culprit is fossil fuels, and the instructions to Australia and the rest of the world are clear: Quit coal by 2050.

via Can we quit coal in time? IPCC warns world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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