On ‘Unburnable Carbon’ and the Specter of a ‘Carbon Bubble’ – NYTimes.com

A new buzz phrase in the push to limit greenhouse gas emissions is “unburnable carbon” — an effort to define and then wall off the portion of the world’s still-vast reserves of coal, oil or natural gas that might, if combusted, cause unacceptably costly or dangerous climate change. The effort builds, to a large extent, on studies aiming to create a “carbon budget” for the world’s nations — divvying up the amount of emissions (and thus fuels) below that threshold. The most notable paper, published in Nature, was ”Greenhouse-Gas Emission Targets for Limiting Global Warming to 2 °C.” (2 °C being 2 degrees Celsius). (Earlier this year, Katherine Bagley wrote a nice piece on the influence of that paper.)

via On ‘Unburnable Carbon’ and the Specter of a ‘Carbon Bubble’ – NYTimes.com.

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