A new UN climate report highlights the most promising policies and technologies for reducing emissions, including accelerated use of renewable energy, cutting fossil fuels, and promoting clean technologies. The first step, according to the report, is to increase funding and speed up climate action. As a former adviser to US President Barack Obama, Nathaniel Keohane, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, states that governments must invest in research and development activities to explore carbon-removal technologies. However, he says, a rapid deployment of renewable energy is needed, especially in developing countries.
The IPCC has argued that we have lost precious time to fight climate change and rein in emissions. Despite the report’s dire warnings, the global economy is getting cleaner and the price of renewable-energy technologies has dropped significantly. However, there is still a long way to go before we reach our goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, the report says we have a good chance of staying below this limit, as long as we take action now.
Next year’s AR6 synthesis report will contain two major chapters on the impacts of global warming and the options for curbing emissions. The report will also include the findings of three special reports on climate change and the human effects of the impacts of greenhouse gases. The report will also outline the future trajectory of emissions across five possible scenarios. If the world does not curb emissions on time, it will end up in disastrous consequences.
But the U.N. report was not widely discussed in China. China’s news outlets and media, for example, mostly ignored it. In India, the second largest newspaper in terms of circulation, Dainik Jagran, did not mention the report in its Hindi version. In addition, it had numerous climate-related stories. So what is the future of climate change? It is not clear how this report will be received.
The report is an essential document that has been neglected by many. While it is important, most of us will never read the full report. Thankfully, summaries of IPCC meetings are made public and should be read and discussed. Hopefully, this report will help to make a difference. It is important that governments take action to curb global warming and avoid the disasters that will follow.
The report recommends that countries should reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by at least 40%. This is achievable by improving human behavior and using renewable energy to power our vehicles. By the end of the century, it will be required for countries to absorb billions of tons of carbon dioxide each year. Planting more trees might be an effective solution, but it’s not the only one. Other solutions include developing devices to suck carbon from the atmosphere.
According to the UN, nations should cut carbon pollution in half by 2030. However, they’re not on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. A further two degrees of warming would bring a dangerous weather condition. Ultimately, nations must stop using fossil fuels in the near-term and replace them with low-carbon energy by 2050. There are many measures to make this happen, but it will take some time and effort.