“To limit atmospheric CO2 to 450 ppm and global temperature to 2 C above the pre-industrial period, we must limit the total CO2 budget to 500 GigaTonne. Given we burn around 35 GT each year globally, that leaves us 15 years to reduce CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases to zero.”
The above conclusion has been drawn by Dr. Malte Meinhausen and his team at Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in their research on Climate models that constrain warming versus not to 2C above the pre-industrial
Nature 2009, 458:1158-1162 more than 5 years ago.
Since then the annual global emission of green house gases keep growing in every year despite of local achievements in fight against global warming.
This leaves us less than 8 years to reduce CO2 emission to zero.
According to The Shift Project Data Portal statistics based on 2014 data it can be seen that on global average still .
Producing each and every services and products like heating, cooling, bottled water, transportation, require energy. Over 91% of that energy is produced from fossil fuels.
Still every major player of the financial and economical sector is committed and campaigning for increasing production and consumption, despite of the fact that in COP 21 Paris meeting they supposedly agreed in fighting against global warming.
On top of that, serving vested interest, some players in the mainstream media, such as VOX TV spread the view that a) changes in global climate had happened many times in the past and, b) it is humans who are most endangered by climate change.
What they don’t mention is that a) changes in global climate were happening during thousands of years, not in few decades, leaving certain time for species to adapt and or migrate and b) although humans are affected, they can mitigate the risk by moving to safer places, which is not the case with the wast majority of other species.