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Apocalypse Almost?

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSep 18, 2012 5:49 AM

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Two bits of climate news caught my attention today. One comes from Grist's David Roberts, who says:

Yikes: Avoiding dangerous climate change is still possible, but just barely.

Whew. Good to hear us humans are still mathematically in the race to avert climate doom. But then I saw this article from ClimateWire, reporting:

India is poised to contend with China as the globe's top consumer of coal, with 455 power plants preparing to come online, a prominent environmental research group has concluded. The coal plants in India's pipeline -- almost 100 more than China is preparing to build -- would deliver 519,396 megawatts of installed generating capacity. That is only slightly less than pending new capacity in China, which remains the undisputed king of coal consumption.

So is it game over, or what? Either way, can we at least agree with R.L. Burnside:

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