Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams, September 22nd 2016 “If you’re in a hole, stop digging.” Though it may not have seemed possible, climate catastrophe is even closer than previously thought, with new figures released Thursday finding that—when the wells already drilled, pits dug, and pipelines built, are taken under consideration—we are well on our way to […]

Nadia Pruis, Common Dreams Setember 23rd 2016 The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday. Speaking at a University of Oxford conference this week, led by leading UK climate researcher Richard Betts, scientists said […]

Bill McKibben, The New Republic September 22nd 2016 The future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new studyreleased Thursday are the most ominous yet. Those numbers spell out, in simple arithmetic, how much of the fossil fuel in the world’s existing coal mines and oil wells we can burn if we […]