UN panel: GHG emissions increased despite green steps
Nearly two weeks after predicting a gloomy future for the world due to global warming, a UN panel on Sunday came out with yet another alarming report, telling the global community that the emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs) have increased substantially despite reduction measures adopted by different countries.
In its report, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
It, however, emphasized that the world has tools (ways) to fight climate change and the time has come when countries must take the measures more effectively.
Highlighting that existing efforts were not enough to bring down emissions, the panel urged nations to take measures to lower global GHGs emissions by 40-70% from the 2010 level by mid-century if the world wanted to limit the increase in global mean temperature to a manageable 2 degrees.
Pitching for a low-carbon future by increasing use of renewable energy and substantially cutting down consumption of fossil fuels, the IPCC also set another target, saying the emissions must be cut down to “near zero by the end of this century”, saying “ambitious mitigation may even require removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere”.