The panel in its report says that the globe must reduce its carbon emissions by 30 to 70 percent by mid century and 0 by the end of the century, or we face dire consequences and it urged governments to act before 30 percent of plant an animal life are affected.
The panel says that the good news is that this can be done with new technology coming on line, although it has to be done fast.
Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement at 5 a.m. ET, on Sunday as follows:
We’ve already had wake-up call after wake-up call about climate science. This report is a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change.
So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were when the last IPCC assessment was released less than a decade ago. Good energy solutions are climate solutions and this report shines a light on energy technologies available right now to substantially reduce global emissions.
These technologies can cut carbon pollution while growing economic opportunity at the same time. The global energy market represents a $6 trillion opportunity, with 6 billion users around the world. By 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion.
We already know that climate science is unambiguous and that every year the world defers action, the costs only grow. But focusing only on grim realities misses promising realities staring us right in the face.
This report makes very clear we face an issue of global willpower, not capacity.
Every opportunity has been utilized to support the theory of human made climate change, including this winter’s polar vortex, which left North America cooler than normal. Hurricanes, floods and all kinds of natural disasters have been used to support the case of climate change alarmists.
For the past week the so called experts on climate change have been racing against the clock to come up with a suitable report. Unfortunately that report will be based more on politics than actual climate science.
CTV news reports that this is more about balancing politics on science rather, than fact based on actual science.
After racing against the clock in an all-night session, the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change was putting the final touches Saturday on a scientific guide to help governments, industries and regular people take action to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels.
As always when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopts one of its high-profile reports, the weeklong talks in Berlin were slowed by wrangling between scientists and governments over which words, charts and tables to use in the roughly 30-page summary of a much bigger scientific report.
David Suzuki is one of Canada’s foremost climate change alarmists and naturally his organization quickly jumped on the latest IPCC report, even dismissing claims of climate change deniers.
The report also dismisses the notion, spread by climate change deniers, that global warming has stopped. It has slowed slightly in recent years, scientists say, because of natural weather variations and other possible factors, including increases in volcanic ash, changes in solar cycles and, as a new scientific study suggests, oceans absorbing more heat.
An increase in global average temperatures greater than 2 C above pre-industrial levels would result in further melting of glaciers and Arctic ice, continued rising sea levels, more frequent and extreme weather events, difficulties for global agriculture and changes in plant and animal life, including extinctions. The report says we’ll likely exceed that threshold this century unless we choose to act.
This means a strong, concerted global effort to combat climate change is necessary to protect the health of our economies, communities, children and future. David Suzuki.org
The report released on Sunday said that emissions from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) must drop by 40-70 percent by 2050 to keep global warming below the 2c or 3.6F cap set by UN climate talks. The IPCC report says that “on average global emissions rose by 2.2 per cent — or 1 gigaton per year between 2000 and 2010, outpacing growth in previous decades to reach unprecedented levels.”
“There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, one of three co-chairs of the IPCC working group looking at ways to fight climate change.
While the plea of climate change alarmists are compelling, this latest release, which took a week to work out in Berlin, is more about politics and redistribution of wealth from Western economies to underdeveloped nations. The report will be used as a basis for countries to act.
With the latest report in hand, expect the Obama Administration to act quickly, after all President Obama made climate change and the environment one of his second term priorities.