Letters to the Editor

Still time to act

Climate change is making this decade perhaps the most important in human history.

The scientific community is telling us that we have a small window of opportunity to start making drastic reductions to manmade CO2 emissions. If we don’t, we can expect to see worsening melting glaciers, ocean acidification and extreme weather events.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes clear that the “vast majority” of known fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground to avoid climate disaster. Meanwhile giant energy corporations seek to maximize profits by exploiting those reserves, exploring for fossil fuel in such places as the rapidly melting Arctic.

A recent study in Science magazine warns that “even slightly warmer temperatures could start melting permafrost, which in turn threatens to trigger the release of huge amounts of greenhouse gasses trapped in ice,” with possible “fatal consequences” for the global climate, according to German news source Spiegel.

There is still time to move to cleaner energy sources and put a price on fossil fuel that reflects the true consequences of its use. A revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend is the best way forward.

A recent analysis from Citizens’ Climate Lobby/ REMI Report clearly states the reasons why this is a successful strategy.