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World 'needs Plan B' on climate change

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Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2014 04:13 AM by AlexMuller

The world needs a Plan B on climate change as politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report. It warns governments if they overshoot their short-term carbon targets they will have to cut CO2 faster in the second half of the century to keep climate change manageable. If they fail again, they will have to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

 
This could be achieved by burning wood and capturing the CO2 emissions. The gas could then be stored in rocks underground. But a leaked draft of the UN report also says that the technology for carbon dioxide removal is untested at such a scale.
 
The authors warn that carbon removal systems may encounter resistance from the public - and if the policy goes wrong, it could damage forests and ecosystems.
 
The final draft report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) adopts a new tone of realism in the face of repeated failures by governments to meet their rhetoric on climate change with action.
 
It warns that governments are set to crash through the global CO2 safety threshold by 2030. Humans have tripled CO2 emissions since 1970, it says - and emissions have been accelerating rather than slowing.

Tags: climate changeglobal warmingCO2greenhouse gasesnatureenvironment

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-09
+2
The big problem facing the climate change actions is that there is a devising rather then unifying argument about the scale and impact. The issue remains a point of shallow debate - what is needed is a strong voice of urgency and action
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-09
+3
The message of this report is very simple and clear: "The more we wait, the more it will cost. The sooner we act, the cheaper it will be." I think most people would understand this Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-09
+2
I think that facts in this report are also simple and clear. The report says emissions are running at the high end of projections. Concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to break the 450ppm threshold by 2030. So, the only option is immediate action! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-04-09
+3
The experts advise governments that it will be cheaper overall to cut the greenhouse gas before 2030- One hopes that they take actions- However, many countries appear to lack the will or the ability to cut emissions. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
+0
A typical gonmevernt troll and or socially engineered sheeple with no critical thinking or common sense. Their is copious amounts of facts regarding the effects of E.M. fields on living organisms. Leave the hegelian dialectic commie B.S. remarks for people who haven't been dumbed down and can relate to your obvious ignorance! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
+0
A typical gonmevernt troll and or socially engineered sheeple with no critical thinking or common sense. Their is copious amounts of facts regarding the effects of E.M. fields on living organisms. Leave the hegelian dialectic commie B.S. remarks for people who haven't been dumbed down and can relate to your obvious ignorance! Reply


 

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