Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world’s coal is “unburnable”

Turning to the global picture, meeting our two-degree commitment in a cost-effective way means leaving all unconventional oil and 82 per cent of unconventional gas resources in the ground, according to the model. That means Canada’s tar sands and the 100 billion barrels of oil estimated to exist in the Arctic would need to go untouched, the paper explains.  Source: www.carbonbrief.org

GR:  Roz Pidcock, the article’s author, concludes: “The new research paints a stark picture of the compromises in fuel use necessary in a climate-constrained world. The researchers say it raises the question of how we divvy up the winners and losers, and that’s one we should all now be asking of our policymakers.”

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