This 1988 #Shell
, discovered by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, shines light on what the company knew about #climate
, its own role in driving global #CO2
emissions, the range of potential political and social responses to a warming world.
The confidential report, “The #Greenhouse
Effect,” was authored by members of Shell’s #GreenhouseEffect
Working Group and based on a 1986 study, though the document reveals Shell was commissioning “greenhouse effect” reports as early as 1981. Report highlights include:
* A thorough review of climate science literature, including acknowledgement of fossil fuels’ dominant role in driving greenhouse gas emissions. More importantly, Shell quantifies its own products’ contribution to global CO2 emissions.
* A detailed analysis of potential climate impacts, including rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and human migration.
* A discussion of the potential impacts to the #fossilfuel
sector itself, including legislation, changing public sentiment, and infrastructure vulnerabilities. Shell concludes that active engagement from the energy sector is desirable.
* A cautious response to uncertainty in scientific models, pressing for sincere consideration of solutions even in the face of existing debates.
* A warning to take policy action early, even before major changes are observed to the climate.