Explained in 90 Seconds

I came upon a video that explains what our carbon budget is if we are to remain at or below a 2 degrees Celsius temperature increase. The video explains that we have already gone through over half of that budget and it could be broken by the year 2044. The actual video and story is in this Grist article but I’m going to put it in this post JUST BECAUSE I CAN.

I written about the science of a carbon budget before (April 2nd) in a post called, “So—What’s the Hurry.” Watch the video several times to get the full meaning.

The Grist article above references an article on the Guardian Website with the title, “Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions.” 

“There are thousands of oil, gas and coal producers in the world,” climate researcher and author Richard Heede at the Climate Accountability Institute in Colorado said. “But the decision makers, the CEOs, or the ministers of coal and oil if you narrow it down to just one person, they could all fit on a Greyhound bus or two.”

UPDATED: 11/25/13
How are we doing with our carbon budget? I found this headline that explains that we’re failing: “Global carbon emissions ‘to reach 36bn tonnes’”. The article for the headline explains, “WORLD carbon emissions are set to reach a record 36 billion tonnes by the end of the year, scientists have warned…Figures revealed in the annual Global Carbon Budget show the level of emissions is estimated to be 61 per cent above 1990 levels agreed by the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases.” The rest of the article can be found in The Scotsman.

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