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Major Steps Required to Combat Climate Change: UN Panel

by Bidita Debnath on April 16, 2014 at 11:15 PM
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 Major Steps Required to Combat Climate Change: UN Panel

Countries need to make drastic changes in the way they consume energy in order to ward off catastrophic effects of climate change, a UN science panel has warned.

According to Politico, the only options that stand a chance of heading off the worst of the harm would require cutting at least slightly into economic growth in the coming decades, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said.

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While the 37-page summary report does not detail the costs involved in bringing about the changes, it warns that time is running out and half-measures can not be seen as a permanent solution.

Germany's Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the three co-chairs of the report, said in a statement that there is a clear message from science, which is to avoid dangerous interference with the climate system and move away from business as usual.
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But the panel warned that only major institutional and technological changes have a chance of limiting the rise in global average temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - the target that scientists say could limit the most dramatic effects of climate change, the report added.

Source: ANI
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