Recent RMetS President interviewed on Channel 4 about latest IPCC findings

Tuesday 04th Nov 2014 by theWeather Club

Recent president of the Society, Prof Joanna Haigh from the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, and contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was interviewed on Channel 4 news regarding the findings of the most recent IPCC report.

The new IPCC Synthesis Report - which extracts and highlights the main findings from previous contributions to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report - summarises climate change risks and solutions. It warns that unless we curb the unrestricted use of fossil fuels by 2100 and turn to low-carbon sources of electricity, the world is at risk of soaring temperatures and “severe, widespread and irreversible” climate change.

Although solutions are available to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, the IPCC have warned that the pledges made by countries to cut greenhouse gases are not sufficient. It states that low-carbon energy sources, such as renewables and nuclear power, would need to be scaled up to more than 80% of the electricity generation by the mid-century in order to limit rising temperatures.

When questioned about when such initiatives are needed, Prof Haigh said if we “start doing things now it will be much easier to adapt and mitigate against the changes.”

Prof Haigh also said “it is a great delight to see these 195 countries getting together and actually for the first time agreeing that there is a way forward so that we can avoid dangerous climate change."

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