At this time in history there is a very simple truth we must recognize. If the world wants to avoid catastrophic climate change, the world must stop burning coal.
But we have not stopped burning coal. Far from it. The world is bingeing on coal. Global coal production has risen by 4 per cent on average each year since 1999. What does that mean? It means that between the year 2000 and 2008, global greenhouse emissions rose 30 per cent. No fallen, not leveled off, but rose 30 per cent.