Earth to Chicken Little: The earth is ending.
Even though tree hugger, Al Gore, said we only had 10 years to save the earth (11 years ago), a new pack of nervous Nellies has arrived to say...pretty much the same thing.
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis says "if humans don't reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain carbon sinks, like forests, then the results will be catastrophic for the climate," EcoWatch reports:
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, outlines a plan that could simultaneously account for carbon uptake by plants and carbon release by anthropogenic (human-induced) activities.
"The study shows that the combined energy and land-use system should deliver zero net anthropogenic emissions well before 2040 in order to assure the attainability of a 1.5°C target by 2100," said Michael Obersteiner, coauthor and IIASA director.
The target is in line with the Paris agreement on climate change, which 194 countries signed, promising not to surpass 1.5 degrees Celsius of atmospheric warming. But the agreement allows countries to accomplish this in whatever way they see necessary and doesn't give clear instructions.
The IIASA model calls for fossil fuel consumption to be reduced to less than 25 percent of the global energy supply by 2100, a drastic cut from the 95 percent being used right now. Deforestation would also need to be cut majorly to lead to a 42 percent decrease in cumulative emissions.
The targets are pie in the sky at best. While first-world countries are moving quickly toward renewable energy, second- and third-world countries will lag far behind. Smart scientists say it will take at least 100 years just to cut worldwide oil consumption in half - so dropping to 25 percent is unlikely.
The new report comes out just in time for the Sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's documentary. Let's hope Gore gives us another 10 years, too, to live on planet earth.