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Oil company reforms won't fix global warming

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27.02.2020

Scientists at an Antarctic research station recently recorded a one-day air temperature of just under 70 degrees, a balmy afternoon in a region of the world unaccustomed to them. In fact, as far as researchers can tell, it has never been that warm in Antarctica before.

The record was set against an increasingly scary global backdrop of rising temperatures and seas; more powerful storms, droughts and floods; a reduced Arctic ice cap and accelerated melting and movement of glaciers around the globe _ including Antarctica.

The culprit behind this crisis is the nearly 200 years that humans have spent burning fossil fuels _ primarily coal and oil _ for energy. So it was mildly heartening to see that BP, the London-based oil and gas giant, has promised to achieve "net-zero emissions" for its operations by 2050. That doesn't mean BP is getting out of the oil and gas business.

Rather, the corporation pledged to eliminate some emissions from its drilling, processing and business operations, and to compensate for others through investments in green technologies, reforestation projects and similar offset........

© The Korea Times