350: The Magic Number

April 22, 2009

350: The Magic Number
with Bill McKibben and Jim Garrison

Bill McKibben and Jim Garrison discuss the science and symbolism behind the number 350 (as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.)

Topics Include:

Worse and worse, faster and faster: Climate change seems to be happening much more quickly than we previously thought.

Too little too late? A report from M.I.T. and the University of Pennsylvania saying that even if the governments fulfill their obligations to cut carbon emissions 80% by  the year 2050, global temperatures will still rise by a minimum of 4 degrees celsius.

The “magic number”: 350 parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

The importance of political activism: 350.org and its impact around the world.

A new hope: The opportunities the Obama administration might represent for a global response to climate change.

Hot fix in the tropics: Jim discusses the remarkable progress Brazil has made around efficiency, conservation, and common sense in their approach to sustainability.

Final words: Bill’s recommendations to help corporations and managers of large industrial enterprises reduce their carbon footprint while generating prosperity, and to help governments set the right regulatory benchmarks.

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