Scientists part of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that it’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
While warning that the window to avoid the 1.5 degrees Celsius catastrophic rise in temperatures is fast closing, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for emissions reductions across all sectors. The panel pointed out that between 2010 and 2019 the average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed.
We are at a crossroads. The decisions we make now can secure a livable future. We have the tools and know-how required to limit warming.” The panel on Monday released the report by Working Group-III aimed at mitigating climate change by reducing carbon from the atmosphere.
“Emissions reduction to address climate change would need to be on the scale seen in the pandemic year after year, but in contrast with the adverse impacts of the pandemic, the options can actually improve quality of life,” IPCC Working Group III Vice-Chair Diana Urge-Vorsatz said.
The IPCC pointed out that limiting global warming will require major transitions in the energy sector, which include a substantial reduction in fossil fuel use, widespread electrification, improved energy efficiency, and the use of alternative fuels. Scientists said that limiting warming to around 1.5 degrees Celsius requires global greenhouse gas emissions to peak before 2025 at the latest, and be reduced by 43 per cent by 2030.