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Point of no return: the massive climate threats we must avoid

Point of no return: the massive climate threats we must avoid

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The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. Continuing on the current course will make it difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the widespread and catastrophic impacts of climate change. The costs will be substantial: billions spent to deal with the destruction of extreme weather events, untold human suffering, and the deaths of tens of millions from the impacts by as soon as 2030.
The world is quickly reaching a Point of No Return for preventing the worst impacts of climate change. Continuing on the current course will make it difficult, if not impossible, to prevent the widespread and catastrophic impacts of climate change. The costs will be substantial: billions spent to deal with the destruction of extreme weather events, untold human suffering, and the deaths of tens of millions from the impacts by as soon as 2030.

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Published by: Greenpeace Australia Pacific on Jan 22, 2013
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January 2013
 The massive climate threatswe must avoid
Point ofNo Return
 
#1
Executive summary4
#2
The world’s biggest dirty energy projects10
#3
Calculating the impact of the dirtiest energy projects16 
#4
Overshooting 2°C: A world we don’t want22
#5
Clean solutions for the power sector26
#6
The vision of the Energy [R]evolution can achieve results34 
#7
Action!36 Appendix40 Endnotes54
For more information contact:
pressdesk.int@greenpeace.org
Written by:
Ria Voorhar & Lauri Myllyvirta
Edited by:
Brian Blomme, Steve Erwood, Xiaozi Liu, Nina Schulz,Stephanie Tunmore, James Turner
 Acknowledgements:
Ben Ayliffe, Ricardo Bartelo, Arif Fiyanto, Paul Johnston,Harri Lammi, Kelly Mitchell,Renata Nitta, Deng Ping,Sun Qingwei, Keith Stewart, Aslihan Tumer, Georgina Woods
Creative Design and Direction:
Sue Cowell / Atomo Designwww.atomodesign.nl
Cover photograph:
© Paul Langrock / GreenpeaceJN 437Published in January 2013 by
Greenpeace International
Ottho Heldringstraat 51066 AZ Amsterdam The Netherlands 
greenpeace.org
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Smoke fromfactories causes severeair pollution in Huolin Golcity, Inner Mongolia, whoseeconomy relies heavily oncoal-related industries.
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Point of No Return
 The massive climate threats we must avoid
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“In 2020, the emissionsfrom the 14 projectsshowcased in this report– if they were all to goahead – would raiseglobal CO
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emissionsfrom fossil fuels by 20%and keep the world ona path towards 5°C to6°C of warming.”

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