With the launch of a new IPCC Report into the urgency behind tackling climate change, Russell Jones looks behind the headline-grabbing use of the word ‘idiot’ and explores what is being done and what can be done.
So it really is scarily official.
The IPCC report is urging fast action now, to limit global warming before it’s too late.
In the blunt words of Greenpeace, we need to ‘ACT NOW IDIOTS’ and this IPCC report backs up the urgent need with both numbers and facts.
Countries around the world must now act to completely cut out global carbon emissions by 2050, the UN-backed research says, or risk mass food shortages, more floods, droughts, storms.
5 important lessons from this latest report
Very alarming but surprisingly hopeful
We really, really need to act fast, but if we do, we can reverse a lot of the damage quickly
Every little helps
Whether you simply switch of lights in empty rooms, reduce the amount of meat you eat, or go fully electric, there is something all of us can do
No one silver bullet
It’s not about Plan A or Plan B. It’s about Plan A + B + C
Technology already exists to help
We don’t need to wait for the future, there is technology already available which will help
It’s up to you, and me and him and her
We can’t wait for someone else to start. We all have to play our part now
In a report on the website whatsnew2day.com, Matthew Spencer, the director of campaigns and policies at Oxfam, said that: “the IPCC is clear that things could get much worse without immediate action. The faster the governments that eliminate coal, embrace the revolution of renewable energy and move to protect communities at risk, the more lives and livelihoods will be saved.”
That means going far beyond taking traditional carbon-based heating technologies such as oil, gas and LPG and doing much, much more than just making them ‘lower-carbon’.
We have to make the transition to an electric economy much, much faster than currently planned.
That also brings into question the recent approval for Cuadrilla to start drilling at a fracking test site in Lancashire within days, which may bring temporary respite to any rise in fuel prices, but still leaves us far, far short of the necessary reduction in emissions that we must make.
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