The fossil-fuel burning power plants, factories, vehicles, and buildings we’ve already built will, if operated normally over their full lifetimes, almost certainly warm the Earth more than the Paris Agreement climate target of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), a new study concludes. The implications are striking: To limit warming to 1.5°C., not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever again, some existing power plants need to shut down early—and yet today many new power plants are under construction or planned.
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SNP ministers have extended a licence for fracking across central Scotland for a second time, almost two years after boasting in parliament that they had banned the practice. The Scottish Government added a year to the unconventional gas licence that covers 400 square kilometres south and west of Falkirk until June 2020. Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse admitted it would be “a disappointment to some”. Anti-fracking campaigners said the extension “beggars belief”.
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