Do we need to ban fossil fuels?
Time is running out to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid catastrophic climate change. The 2018 special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “suggests a remaining budget of about 420 Gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 for a two-thirds chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C.” The clock on this so-called remaining carbon budget started ticking at the beginning of 2018. Despite this stark warning, the world keeps emitting over 40 Gt of CO2 per year. In other words, the policy instruments that are currently being used across the globe to reduce CO2 emissions aren’t working. It is therefore time to ban fossil fuels.
Online Lecture by Prof. Roland Geyer, Professor for Industrial Ecology at the University of California Santa Barbarar
Offered in the context of the Public Climate School (Spring 2022) by „Students for Future Freiburg“ in cooperation with „Klimaschutz im Bundestag“