Data from the Guardian: Burning fossil fuel reserves will release 3.5 trillion tons of gases

Data from the Guardian: Burning fossil fuel reserves will release 3.5 trillion tons of gases
Data from the Guardian: Burning fossil fuel reserves will release 3.5 trillion tons of gases

New data revealed today, Monday, that burning the world’s proven reserves of fossil fuels will lead to the release of 3.5 trillion tons of greenhouse gas emissions, a huge amount that exceeds the amount released since the era of the industrial revolution until now..

And the British newspaper, “The Guardian”, reported that an analysis of the first public database on the production of fossil fuels in the world revealed that both the United States and Russia possess sufficient reserves of fossil fuels to devour the remainder of the “carbon budget” in the world, i.e. the maximum limit. The permissible emissions into the atmosphere before the Earth’s temperature rose by 1.5 degrees Celsius or more than it was in the pre-industrial era.

All countries in the world have enough fossil fuels to exceed this remaining budget seven times, sending humans and ecosystems into catastrophic heat waves, floods, droughts and other effects unprecedented in human history. 1.5°C, it has largely refused to halt concessions to discover new fossil fuels or stop extracting them.

Mark Campanile, founder of the . initiative, said: Carbon Trackerwhich is launching today the “World Fossil Fuels Registry” in cooperation with Global Energy Monitor, You have governments issuing new licenses or permits for coal completely separate from their climate commitments“.
In order for the world to have an equal chance of avoiding a global warming increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius or more, scientists have estimated that the world could emit an additional 400-500 billion tons of greenhouse gases, which would require a drastic reduction in emissions by nearly half within the current decade. before being completely phased out by the middle of the century.
However, the United States alone has the potential to emit 577 billion tons of emissions, mostly from coal, through its known reserves of fossil fuels..

While US President Joe Biden was leading the first US legislation on climate change and vowed to address what he called an “existential threat to humanity”, his administration continued to grant concessions for oil and gas exploration, including large swathes of the Gulf of Mexico, the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. It was operated by British Petroleum (BP)according to the newspaper.
27 billion tons of these emissions are due to come from US projects already underway and include 33.2 billion barrels of oil, according to the database..

Russia has enough fossil fuels to emit 490 billion tons of greenhouse gases and is currently developing projects that are set to emit 11 billion tons, while China, India and Australia have enough fossil fuel reserves to push the world to the brink of climate collapse..

Although countries concluded the Paris climate accords in 2015 to limit global warming, three decades of international talks have yielded no commitment to actually reducing the main cause of the climate emergency, the burning of fossil fuels..

At last year’s UN talks in Glasgow, wrangling between diplomats resulted in a promise to “phase down” coal use, not get rid of it..

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the pace of energy transition is not fast enough, with global emissions already back to pre-pandemic levels..

Guterres said recent heat waves in Europe, the United States and China, as well as the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, are “the price of humanity’s addiction to fossil fuels.”

The article is in Arabic

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