This year in December, UN representatives will be gathering in Paris to discuss the pressing climate change issues facing our planet. Five months before that historic moment, climate scientists have gathered in Paris to bring important facts to the attention of powerful decision makers. They suggest that a radical shift towards renewable energy might still be capable of limiting global warming.
Many countries have already signalled their involvement in supporting a cleaner and more climate-friendly tomorrow. They have come to the conclusion that politicians should recognize the perils that our planet is facing and act in the interest of both humanity and the planet.
During their meeting several weeks ago, the G7 group announced its commitment towards de-carbonizing the global economy over several years. They also pledged to finance developing countries in reducing their carbon emissions.
But even with widespread support, humanity isn’t heading towards a particularly bright future, climate scientists warn. In fact, according to recent estimates, mankind would use up its safe budget of greenhouse gases over the following quarter-century. This leaves us at a “critical crossroads,” Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General states.
Many of the world’s nations have declared their support towards limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over the levels measured before the Industrial Revolution, however, statistics show that we may be heading towards double that figure. And the UN Secretary General points out that the current proposals to curb emissions will not be sufficient to meet the aforementioned target.
“At current emissions, we have a time window of about 20 to 25 years until that budget (of emissions consistent with 2 C) is exhausted,” Thomas Stoker, climate physics professor at the Bern University explains.
While some cities have already started shifting their energy sources towards renewable ones, with the ultimate goal of being supplied with 100% renewable energy by 2050, others seem to not be the least bit interested in the UN’s joint effort.
For the December universal climate agreement to be convincing, the planet needs climate scientists to be able to lead committed negotiations with climate change deniers. With the help of convincing scientific information, nations, cities and companies can obtain the necessary reasons to adjust their policies and actions in accordance with what the UN is advocating.
By 2050, all carbon emissions will have to be reduced by at least 40 percent and by 2100, they will have to have dropped to zero. But this requires significant changes in the energy sector, and not every company is thrilled with the prospect of having to rethink its infrastructure.
Wildlife experts told those attending the conference that shifting climate had already caused approximately 50% of all species to change where they live. So with just five months before the Paris agreement is finalized, researchers will have the opportunity of presenting the facts as they are.
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