Net zero targets ‘unrealistic’ says Oxfam report

Posted: August 5, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, net zero
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Photosynthesis: nature requires carbon dioxide

It’s pie in the sky time again as charity Oxfam trashes various so-called climate pledges, calling them greenwashing. For starters they reckon the amount of land required to fulfil them would far exceed anything likely to be available worldwide.
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Oxfam says governments and companies are “hiding behind unreliable, unproven and unrealistic carbon removal schemes” in order to hit targets, reports BBC News.

Global attempts are being made to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

But the charity claims net zero targets are often a “greenwashing exercise”.

Net zero means any emissions that can’t be stemmed by clean technology in 2050 will either be buried using carbon capture and storage, or soaked up by plants and soils.

Reaching net zero will also mean phasing out the internal combustion engine and dramatically increasing renewable energy technologies, such as wind and solar, while decreasing fossil fuel pollution.

Danny Sriskandarajah, chief executive of charity’s UK branch, said companies and governments are using the “smokescreen” of net zero to continue “dirty, business-as-usual activities”.

“A prime example of the doublethink we are seeing is the oil and gas sector trying to justify its ongoing extraction of fossil fuels by promising unrealistic carbon removal schemes that require ludicrous amounts of land,” he told the BBC.

Nafkote Dabi, climate policy lead at Oxfam and co-author of the report, told the BBC that there is only 350 million hectares of land that can be used globally for afforestation and carbon removal without compromising food security.

Oxfam calculated that the total amount of land required for planned carbon removal could be five times the size of India, or the equivalent of all the farmland in the world.

Full report here.

  1. ilma630 says:

    I can’t quite work out which way Oxfam are leaning. Are they ‘pie-in-the-sky’ for it, or ‘feet-on-the-ground’ against its impossibility? They can’t have their cake and eat it.

  2. saighdear says:

    Aye, Oxfam, other charities and Greenwash. It’s raining lightly ( eventually -despite forecasts).Had my fill of Farage with his Guests and sought light relief over Tea on Talking Pictures TV. Hmm, Devil’s Bait, is showing … aye indeed – until the Green Adverts, Hit the “Start” Button to switch off. But isn’t all this talk surfacing now in advance of the big Cop-Out, just shows how many Rats are deserting?….what’s worse? the poison or the drowning in Facts. The Policeman on the case is Gordon Jackson, the Baker is Geoffrey Keen aka BoJo ? with his other half played by Jane Hylton helping to complicate the plot they’re trying to extricate themselves from! …. and this is 2021 now – we are supposed to be educated yet fall for all this green junk

  3. Peter Norman says:

    and the forecast today is the UK heading for 8C cooler.
    Apparently AGW running amok (sorry AMOC)

  4. oldbrew says:

    If the sum total of greenwash is a need for a ‘ludicrous amount of land’, we’re all doomed according to supposedly correct climate theory, no? Either that or we’re all being conned 🙄

  5. Peter Norman says:

    Boers told the Mail-online: “The concern is that we have moved closer to the critical point where a collapse (of the AMOC) to the weak mode can occur; It would have dramatic consequences in terms of cooling Europe by up to 18F and impact tropical monsoon systems.”
    Another commented: AMOC was relatively stable until the so-called ‘Little Ice Age’. Temperatures dropped low enough that the River Thames completely froze over and records show Londoners crossing the waterway on foot. The last big shutdown was probably at the end of the last Ice Age, 12,000 years ago, and it prompted a temperature drop of 5°C to 10°C in western Europe. Still, we are not all doomed: Another school of thought at the University Exeter is less worried about the effects on food supplies:

    Click to access Ritchie-et-al-2020-AMOC-NatureFood.pdf

    I guess it is all “pie in the sky” at Exeter and Oxfam.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    People are misreading this – Oxfam are complaining that Net Zero does destroy the capitalist system enough and allows “dirty” industries to continue. They want “Zero” emissions, not Net Zero.

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    You go the doctor. He says “bad news, you’ve got a terminal illness. You’ve only got ten years to live.”

    A year later you go back for a check-up. “I was wrong, it only 5 years. Sorry.”.

    A year later you go back again. “Ah, actually it’s only six months.”

    Does this prove that (a) your doctor is quite brilliant and should be trusted implicitly or (b) that your doctor may well be incompetent and second and third opinions should be sought?

  8. oldbrew says:

    Net zero means any emissions that can’t be stemmed by clean technology

    Nonsense – carbon dioxide is perfectly clean already. These people either haven’t a clue what they’re talking about, or they’re trying to fool everyone into thinking there’s a pollution issue with CO2.
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    Also from the BBC report:
    In 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that if governments and companies rely on reforestation only, by 2050, food prices could increase by 80% globally.

  9. oldbrew says:

    The concern is that we have moved closer to the critical point where a collapse (of the AMOC) to the weak mode can occur

    Haven’t they heard? The AMOC doesn’t even exist according to Mann & co.

    Atlantic and Pacific oscillations lost in the noise, say Mann & co. 

  10. Gamecock says:

    ‘without compromising food security’

    Assuming 8 billion people.

    Make it 0.3 billion people, and the maths start to work.

  11. oldbrew says:

    The problem isn’t how far electric cars will travel… it’s where the electricity will come from

    PUBLISHED: 22:02, 7 August 2021

    As things stand, Britain is already on the verge of power cuts.
    . . .
    As long as we depend on gas, electric cars will bring no overall saving in emissions.

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