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The IPCC warns rapid carbon emission reductions are needed to tackle climate change - 3rd November


Unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly, climate change is set to inflict ‘severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts’ warns the IPCC’s newly published Synthesis Report.

The report states that the risk of extreme weather events has already increased as a result of climate change and explains worse could follow by way of food shortages and violent conflicts.  If global warming is to be limited to 2˚C, reducing emissions is crucial.

The IPCC assessment found that methods to avoid dangerous levels of warming are available and affordable. Furthermore, carbon emissions will ultimately have to fall to zero and only by halting global warming will there be a reduction in global poverty.

Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC explained "We have the means to limit climate change.  The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development.  All we need is the will to change".  As part of this, the report suggests renewables will have to grow from their current 30% share to 80% of the energy sector by 2050.

The report emphasises that to prevent dangerous climate change, investment in low-carbon electricity and energy efficiency will have to rise significantly before 2030.  It concludes that global warming is 'unequivocal', that humanity’s role in causing it is 'clear' and that many effects will last for hundreds to thousands of years even if the planet’s rising temperature is halted.

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