Coal - The major cause of irreversible climate extreme
Coal is the major cause of increasing -
and effectively permanent - global average temperature rises.
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, writing in 2009:
"If the countries of the world continue burning coal the way
they do today, it will be impossible to achieve the reductions
in carbon emissions needed to have a reasonable chance of
preventing the worst consequences of global warming." -
"Coal is the biggest source of climate changing carbon dioxide
emissions. There is also far more of it left and available to
mine than there is of oil or gas. Analysis by the EU-based
Carbontracker and by the IPCC show that if we are to stabilise
climate even at two degrees warmer than now, 80% of all the
fossil fuel resources on the balance sheets of companies must
stay in the ground. "- Jeanette Fitzsimmons writing in the NZ
Herald 'Element' magazine November 25 2013
Coal is carbon dioxide solidified and permanently removed from
the atmosphere of the 'greenhouse planet' of millions of years
ago. As a result, todays planet is no longer a greenhouse. But
we are digging up the dangerous waste, burning it, and returning
it to the atmosphere. The planet will return to a greenhouse
state - hot, some parts extremely wet, inland continental areas
like Death Valley in a heatwave.
Fixable? Sure. All it takes is rampaging tree, fern and moss
growth, swamps, earthquakes, bogs, and burial. Burial of the
growth under silt. Then wait. Wait millions of years for the
carbon trapped in the peat and fallen trees in muddy bogs to be
compressed to a solid form again. Coal.
Leave it in the ground. Forever.