Christopher Booker: So astounding are the implications of that “special report” published last week by the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) that the media didn’t really know how to handle it. Inevitably, last Monday, the BBC went into overdrive, leading its news bulletins with the story from morning till night. But most newspapers gave it only fairly perfunctory coverage, tucked away on an inside page. To avert complete climate catastrophe, with wars, famine and disease spreading across the globe, says the IPCC, what it now proposes is nothing less than “unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” – ones that will affect almost every aspect of all our lives. This means, it says, that during the next 30 years we must reduce our CO2 emissions from fossil fuels to “net zero”. We must st op using virtually all the coal, oil and gas on which our modern industrial civilisation has been built. To appreciate the scale of what this would involve, we may recall that, according to the International Energy Agency, the world currently relies on fossil fuels for 81 per cent of all the energy it uses.
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