The International Energy Agency (IEA) gave a warning on Wednesday that the world has a 5-year deadline to avoid severe climate change and extreme weather events. In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the IEA concluded that “rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change.”
The report said that the world climate is fast approaching the 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) cap on global warming, which is widely accepted by scientists and governments as the maximum temperature for avoiding uncontrolled damage brought about by climate.
According to the IEA, if no interventions are done, by 2017 the total CO2 emissions that could lead to the 2.0 C ceiling will be “locked in” by power plants, factories, and other sources that emit carbon. As of today, global infrastructures make up 75 percent of that limit. In order to meet energy needs while avoiding negative climate effects, governments must come up with methods that do not use carbon-intensive fossil fuels. [Read more…]