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World - We Really Need to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Avoid the Worst of Climate Change, Scientists Say

For national governments, those interventions must center around embracing low-carbon energy and leaving the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground, according to another report published in the journal Nature last week.

The alarm bells from scientists about the climate crisis are rising from a steady drumbeat to a deafening crescendo. Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first major report in nearly a decade, warning the climate crisis is already causing “widespread and rapid changes" and that human activity — specifically carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels — is “unequivocally” to blame. We’re essentially locked into at least 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, the IPCC warned, but we still have a chance to cap global temperature rise at 1.5 or 2 degrees — avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis — if we employ immediate, decisive interventions to reduce emissions.

For national governments, those interventions must center around embracing low-carbon energy and leaving the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground, according to another report published in the journal Nature last week.

We need to keep the vast majority of the world's fossil fuels in the ground, researchers warn

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