A new UN report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, about three and a half degrees Fahrenheit, reports Karl Ritter at the Associated Press. The report said the concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases like atmospheric carbon dioxide is up about 20 percent since 2000. Scientists say those emissions are contributing to climate change and that failure to contain them could have dangerous consequences, including rising sea levels inundating coastal cities, dramatic shifts in rainfall disrupting agriculture and drinking water, the spread of diseases and the extinction of species. Emissions levels, driven by the burning of fossil fuels, need to come down by 14 percent by 2020 for the world to reach a pathway that could keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial levels, UNEP said. But it won’t happen if countries don’t come ahead with more ambitious plans to cut emissions than what’s currently on the table. Activists said this underscores the urgency of transitioning to clean energy.
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UN report warns of widening climate gap. A U.N. report on rising greenhouse gas emissions reminded world governments Wednesday that their efforts to fight climate change are far from enough to meet their stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). Associated Press http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/2012/11/21/report-warns-widening-climate-gap/AG1R9Hk2i0Ov7DVxsrXFGP/story.html
Posted: 21 Nov 2012 07:01 AM PST