A leading scientist who has warned about climate change since the 1980s says “this decade really is our last chance” to save the planet.
Hansen warned that “we are now close to a point where if we don’t begin to reduce the emissions rapidly then we’re going to have to figure out some way to suck the CO2 out of the atmosphere
“I think, this decade really is our last chance. And it’s not inconsistent with what I’ve said before in 2005 I said we had ten years, we’ve still got a few of those years left but not many.”
“If we let the planet get even one degree Celsius warmer than the current level, which would be almost two degrees warmer than the pre-industrial level, we will be sending the planet to a state which will be literally a different planet.
“It will result in shifting shorelines as the sea level goes up and it will result in the extermination of a large fraction of the species on the planet.”
He said he had been travelling the world “trying to find one nation that would stand up in the international community and say what is really needed”.
“It’s not these cockamamie emission trading schemes,” he said.
“A nation like New Zealand should not be talking about mining this dirty coal, the low grade coal, we’re going to have to leave that stuff in the ground, that’s clear, the science is clear.”
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