Friday, August 10, 2012

Global Warming's Terrifying Math

Bill McKibben has a fantastic and scary piece in Rolling Stone about climate change. This is a good way to frame the politics of shale gas: "Think of two degrees Celsius as the legal drinking limit – equivalent to the 0.08 blood-alcohol level below which you might get away with driving home. The 565 gigatons is how many drinks you could have and still stay below that limit – the six beers, say, you might consume in an evening. And the 2,795 gigatons? That's the three 12-packs the fossil-fuel industry has on the table, already opened and ready to pour."

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