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Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent and author, quotes Bob Howarth in his article in The Nation on the absence of fossil fuels in the latest text of the COP21 agreement.  

Serious about 1.5 Degrees? Stop Fracking!

December 12, 2015

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Mark Hertsgaard, environmental correspondent and author, quotes Bob Howarth in his article in The Nation on the absence of fossil fuels in the latest text of the COP21 agreement.

Robert HowarthHowarth, the David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Environmental Biology at Cornell University, is a member of Cornell's COP21 delegation (watch his COP21 video)

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"If we continue methane production at current rates, the world will run up against the 1.5 degrees limit in 12 to 15 years," Howarth told The Nation. "If we stop producing methane, which means stop doing fracking of natural gas and oil, the world wouldn’t run up against that limit for about 50 years. So we could buy ourselves 25 to 35 years of time, which is critical. That could allow us to improve our political and socioeconomic responses to climate change and de-carbonize our societies accordingly. But if we’re serious about a 1.5 degrees target, or even the 2 degrees target, we can’t keep on fracking."