December 12, 2011

Temperatures to rise 11 degrees

The International Energy Agency said that current global energy consumption levels put the Earth on a trajectory to warm by 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2100, an outcome he called "a catastrophe for all of us."

Unless there is a shift away from some of the fossil fuel energy now used for electricity generation and transportation, Birol said, "the world is perfectly on track for a six-degree Celsius increase in temperature."

IEA has analyzed energy use and production for years, but this is the first year its officials have spoken this publicly about the need to shift gears.

Washington Post Article

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