Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, doi:10.1029/2011JG001835,
Title: Drought-induced mortality of a Bornean tropical rainforest amplified by climate change
Authors: Tomo'omi Kumagai: Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA;
Amilcare Porporato: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
2. Replacing coal with natural gas would reduce warming
A debate has raged in the past couple of years as to whether natural gas is better or worse overall than coal and oil from a global warming perspective. The back- and-forth findings have been due to the timelines taken into consideration, the details of natural gas extraction, and the electricity-generating efficiency of various fuels. An analysis by Cathles, which focuses exclusively on potential warming and ignores secondary considerations, such as economic, political, or other environmental concerns, finds that natural gas is better for electricity generation than coal and oil under all realistic circumstances.
To come to this conclusion, the author considered three different future fuel
consumption scenarios: (1) a business-as-usual case, which sees energy
generation capacity continue at its current pace with its current energy mix until
the middle of the century, at which point the implementation of low-carbon
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