UN’s IPCC: Get Super Savings by Switching to Clean Energy Affordably NOW

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UN’s IPCC: Get Super Savings by Switching to Clean Energy Affordably NOW says the latest reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report Climate ProgressRTCC, the UK Guardian, (12), Wunderground weather,World Environment News, and Mongabay. IPCC lays out possible routes, ranging from pragmatic and affordable (switching to renewable clean energy) to impractical and expensive (carbon capture and sequestration? Seriously? Especially at the scale needed?).

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OO UN: rate of emissions growth nearly doubled in first decade of 21st century – our efforts so far are not enough.

The catch is, we’ve got to do it NOW, fast – otherwise the price goes way up, and being able to undo damage becomes impossible. As it is, we’ve already bought rising sea levels that will eventually flood current coastlines. Let’s not “buy” any more effects.

How affordable is the solution? The IPCC estimates the total cost would slow the world economy by a tiny amount, 00.06%. But cities, the major polluters, hold the solutions in their hands notes Suzanne Goldenberg at the UK Guardian. Mustering the political will is the main challenge.

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Relevant headlines:

OO Climate action is ‘only way’ to grow economy – Unilever CEO

OO IPCC: Major Greenhouse Gas Reductions Needed by 2050

OO CO2 Reaches 400ppm in Atmosphere: Puts Earth In The “Danger Zone”

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A GLARING OMISSION In The IPCC Report: it offers no strategy for the humane mitigation of populations to sustainable levels, even though it admits that population growth is a main driver of increasing emissions. Without this type of policy, humanity is doomed to inhumane, inefficient population effects, and an indecent future.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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