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The Stark Reality of Climate Change? Rolling Stone Takes It On.

by George Danellis

Bill McKibben wrote perhaps the first book of the modern era about climate change aimed at the average person. Today he is active in work through his 350.org to educate and motivate people and government’s to take action about a problem he says is a lot bigger and pressing than is commonly reported.

McKibben has just published an article in the August 2nd issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, an article that had been shared a remarkable 90,000 times only 5 days after it’s release. Considering climate change doesn’t make for the most uplifting reading that’s an impressive number. In the article, McKibben shares both the more recent scientific data and projections, as well as what he believes to be the key obstacles (and solutions) to effectively addressing climate change. The newest projections, what he calls “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math”, show that the tipping point is much closer than previously reported and that “rapid, transformative change” is required to avert climate melt-down. He asserts that we have the technology but what we lack is the will. McKibben points to Germany as an example of what is possible: “on one sunny Saturday in late May, that northern-latitude nation generated nearly half its power from solar panels within its borders.” So what gives?

Environmentalism has failed. Individual actions won’t get it done in time. The US government has made important but only incremental advances. And companies whose business models are reliant on the fossil fuel still buried in the earth sure as heck plan on getting it out. But according to McKibben if they get even a small fraction of it out we’re beyond cooked.

So what can we do? McKibben lays it out in stark detail. Read and let us know what you think: Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math.