Bolstering urgent warnings from the global scientific community that the world must rapidly transition away from fossil fuels to avert climate catastrophe and keep global warming below 1.5°C within this century, a new study out Tuesday suggests meeting that end is simply a matter of political will.\u0022We are basically saying we can\u0026#039;t build anything now that emits fossil fuels.\u0022—Christopher Smith, University of LeedsPublished in the journal Nature Communications, the key takeaway from the study is that \u0022although the challenges laid out by the Paris Agreement are daunting, we indicate 1.5°C remains possible and is attainable with ambitious and immediate emission reduction across all sectors.\u0022While that goal is described by some as \u0022daunting,\u0022 critics of the Paris accord—which is backed by every nation on Earth except the United States under President Donald Trump—and its recently established rulebook have concluded that neither go far enough. Beyond those squabbles, though, there is a general consensus among the world\u0026#039;s scientists that tackling the climate crisis requires \u0022rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented\u0022 societal reforms.Specifically, the new research shows that if carbon-intensive infrastructure is phased out from this point forward, there is a 64 percent chance of keeping global temperature rise within this century below 1.5°C. However, the window of opportunity is closing quickly. According to the report, \u0022delaying mitigation until 2030 considerably reduces the likelihood that 1.5°C would be attainable even if the rate of fossil fuel retirement was accelerated.\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s good news from a geophysical point of view. But on the other side of the coin, the [immediate fossil fuel phaseout] is really at the limit of what we could we possibly do,\u0022 lead researcher Christopher Smith, of the University of Leeds, told the Guardian. \u0022We are basically saying we can\u0026#039;t build anything now that emits fossil fuels.\u0022While the findings suggest the world still has the option to meet the Paris agreement\u0026#039;s ambitions, there are some limitations to the research. As the Guardian pointed out, \u0022the analysis did not include the possibility of tipping points such as the sudden release of huge volumes of methane from permafrost, which could spark runaway global warming.\u0022Smith, for his part, anticipates that global warming will surpass 1.5°C. \u0022We are going the right way, but I don\u0026#039;t think we will do enough, quickly enough. I think we are heading for 2°C. to 2.5°C,\u0022 he said, but \u0022if you don\u0026#039;t have a goal, you are not going to get anywhere. If you have a target that is really hard to achieve and you miss it slightly, that is better than wandering aimlessly into a future climate that is no good for anybody.\u0022The study comes as a new report from Oil Change International warns the United States is \u0022drilling toward disaster\u0022 with fossil fuel expansion, and that if it doesn\u0026#039;t rapidly shift course—such as by implementing Green New Deal—the country \u0022will impede the rest of the world\u0026#039;s ability to manage a climate-safe, equitable decline of oil and gas production.\u0022The planet, meanwhile, is experiencing the consequences of ongoing fossil fuel production. According to recently published research, the world\u0026#039;s oceans are warming about 40 percent faster than scientists believed in 2013, and Antarctica is melting six times more quickly than it was in the 1980s. As oceans and the atmosphere warm, ice melts, and sea levels rise, experts have also warned that extreme weather will grow increasingly more common—and deadly.