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This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change

This Legendary Accounting Firm Just Ran the Numbers on Climate Change | Mother Jones

We're 20 years away from catastrophe, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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The report highlights an "unmistakable trend": The world's major economies are increasingly failing to do what's needed to to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels. That was the target agreed to by countries attending the United Nations' 2009 climate summit; it represents an effort to avoid some of the most disastrous consequences of runaway warming, including food security threats, coastal inundation, extreme weather events, ecosystem shifts, and widespread species extinction.

To curtail climate change, individual countries have made a variety of pledges to reduce their share of emissions, but taken together, those promises simply aren't enough. According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, "the gap between what we are doing and what we need to do has again grown, for the sixth year running." The report adds that at current rates, we're headed towards 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit of warming by the end of the century—twice the agreed upon rate.

Surprising: China and Australia good; USA and Germany bad. 

I'm surprised we only increased by 0.6%... not too bad given the rampant consumerism necessary to maintain our economy.

Oh wait... our economy is still sucky.  I forgot that part.

Yes, we neither get economic recovery nor make the world better.

It's the worst of both worlds!

China has some pretty horrible air. They don't have to do much to make improvements. The US has been working on cleaner air since the 70's - possibly approaching the point of diminishing returns. 

Does it matter if our air is cleaner but the rest of the world's air is not?

I'm in complete agreement - and percentage changes are often not a good indicator of the real numbers :-)

More charts at the link!  ;-)

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