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According to the latest IPCC report, catastrophic climate change can be avoided provided changes to energy use and sources are implemented soon.
This third report, produced by 1,250 international experts and approved by 194 governments, dismisses fears of dire effects on global economies from cutting the use of carbon-based fuels.
Even if hundreds of billions of dollars were moved from fossil fuel energy production to renewable energy and if energy waste were cut, it would only take 0.06% off expected annual growth rates of 1.3% - 3% says the report.
“The report is clear: the more you wait, the more it will cost [and] the more difficult it will become,” said EU commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said: “This report is a wake-up call about global economic opportunity we can seize today as we lead on climate change.”
The UK’s energy and climate secretary, Ed Davey, said: “The [report shows] the tools we need to tackle climate change are available, but international efforts need to significantly increase.”
“It doesn’t cost the world to save the planet,” said economist Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, who led the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team.
“Climate policies in line with the two degrees Celsius goal need to aim for substantial emission reductions,” Edenhofer said. “There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual.”
See full report here.