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  •  First, thanks for a fact-based report, MB. (8+ / 0-)

    Of course, I expected that.

    Before I checked DK, I read the NY Times story about the report and note these two paragraphs:

    To stand the best chance of keeping the planetary warming below an internationally agreed target of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above the level of preindustrial times, the panel found, no more than one trillion metric tons of carbon can be burned and the resulting gas released into the atmosphere.

    Just over half that amount has already been emitted since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, and at the rate energy consumption is growing, the trillionth ton will be released somewhere around 2040, according to calculations by Myles R. Allen, a scientist at the University of Oxford and one of the authors of the new report. More than three trillion tons of carbon are still left in the ground as fossil fuels.

    (My bold of the last sentence.)

    We'd better start leaving that carbon where it lies!

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 11:26:58 AM PDT

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