At least 75 per cent of known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate change, but not only are fossil fuel...
The former U.S. vice-president told a Swedish audience: “If the crib is on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant.” He was joined by EU Commissioner Margot Wallstrom, who said it’s important people understand there’s more to climate change than a few degrees difference in temperature.
While many think declining oil production would be good for the climate, a new book suggests a chilling scenario of environmental and economic catastrophe. Oil is the biggest single source of greenhouse gases, it argues, but coal and gas are bigger still, and the inevitable growth in their emissions would overwhelm any reduction from oil.
Since we've started reporting more heavily on the solutions side of the global warming issue, DSBlog readers have been asking lately for more information on North American oil consumption. When people say the US is addicted to oil, they aren't kidding, here's some oil consumption facts from the US Energy Information Administration:
US Petroleum Consumption per day: over 20 million barrels per day (one barrel = 42 gallons)
US Motor gasoline consumption per day: over 9 million barrels per day (384 million gallons)
Share of US oil consumption for transportation: 69%
Check more facts here.
Mainly due to a shift from gas to coal for electricity generation, UK’s greenhouse gas emissions rose by 1.25 per cent last year. Environment Secretary David Miliband said the move demonstrates the need for increased action on climate change.