Climate change could be kept in check if a phaseout of all fossil fuel infrastructure were to begin immediately, according to research.
It shows that meeting the internationally agreed aspiration of keeping global warming to less than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels is still possible. The scientists say it is therefore the choices being made by global society, not physics, which is the obstacle to meeting the goal.
The study says we’ve got a 64% shot at keeping the global climate at a sustainable level to avoid mass extinction and desertification if we replace everything in the “fossil fuel infrastructure” – things like cars, airplanes, power plants, and factories – with “sustainable alternatives” at the end of their useful lifespans as we replace them.
But are we really, seriously going to do that? Doubtful.