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Why This Matters: The world is reaching the end of the line when it comes to preventing a less than 1.5-degree Celsius temperature rise. Even after the COVID-19 emissions dip, countries have failed to sustain a green recovery. And despite pledges to the Paris Agreement and the damning IPCC report released earlier this year, many nations and global leaders have failed to step up their carbon commitments and continue to invest in fossil fuels. Unless the world makes an immediate shift to eliminate fossil fuels entirely, none of its 2050 goals will be met.
Mind the Gap
The Production Gap Report investigated the titular “production gap,” defined as the disparity between planned fossil fuel production and climate goals. It found that many countries are planning to continue producing oil, coal, and gas even past 2030. By 2030, oil and gas production in the US is projected to increase by 17% and 12% respectively, compared to 2019 levels. However, US coal production is expected to drop by 30%.
The research is clear: Global coal, oil, and gas production must start declining immediately and steeply to be consistent with limiting long-term warming to 1.5C. However, governments continue to plan for and support levels of fossil fuel production that are vastly in excess of what we can safely burn.
Coal continues to be a point of contention heading into COP26, as China and Australia are urged by other nations to commit to halting production and decreasing their coal use. A report from the International Energy Agency recently found that coal use worldwide has increased since early 2020.
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Cities across the US are transitioning their buildings to clean energy, which would mean banning natural gas in new construction and promoting electric appliances. But the question remains whether or not infrastructure — foundational and historic — is ready to handle such a demand for electricity. Why this […]
As more people around the nation are taking to the roads and skies for their vaccinated vacations, one car rental company is making it easier for folks to not only travel in style, but travel green. Hertz has announced that it will be purchasing 100,000 Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2022 alongside an […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
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