Is Carbon Dioxide Reduction Futile?

29 January 2009

A coworker showed me an article from the BBC (on a report by Worldwatch Institute) regarding CO2 emissions reduction. Note the first paragraph (emphasis mine): “More carbon dioxide needs to be absorbed than emitted by 2050 in order to prevent catastrophic climate change”. In other words: by 2050, the sum global atmospheric CO2 needs to be decreasing.

Is this even achievable?

My coworker reckons that if the requirement above is true, we might as well give up. We should focus instead on mitigating the effects of “catastrophic climate change”. I must say I am inclined to agree. Surely the best we were ever hoping for was a decrease in the increase of CO2 emissions: a leveling off?

What do you think?