Fossil fuels need to be on their way out by 2100, according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Backed by the UN, IPCC submitted a blunt report that stated how most of the world’s current electricity can already be produced by low-carbon sources by 2050. It reiterated scientific discoveries, asserting the need for a total elimination of fossil fuels by 2100 to avoid “severe, pervasive and irreversible” results.
The conclusion by the UN is that not doing anything about climate change will result in a higher cost when the time comes to address long-term or permanent consequences that are still preventable today. The report, IPCC’s Synthesis Report was published on Sunday in Copenhagen. The goal of the report is to encourage politicians to see the benefits of reducing emissions.
IPCC notes that a true change in renewable sources is possible by 2100. While summarizing the causes and effects of climate change, the IPCC Synthesis Report also explains that human influence has done the most damage between 1983 and 2012, when the Earth was at its warmest temperatures in the last 1,400 years or so.
“Science has spoken,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noted that “those who choose to ignore or dispute the science so clearly laid out in this report do so at great risk for all of us and for our kids and grandkids.”
Although debates about climate change have resulted in political debates, the latest IPCC report hopes to provide a scientific bridge for governments around the world to take actions towards the 2100 goal and get rid of fossil fuels.
In many ways, the latest IPCC report on fossil fuels is a “final warning,” and repeats facts about climate change that have been known for years. The difference this time is that it elaborates on the technical and economical possibility of preventing climate change. It uses language that may speak more to the fiscal concerns of government leaders.
So far, the UK leads the rest of the world by staying true to the Climate Change Act, hoping to decrease emissions by 40 percent by 2030. With innovative ideas and successful projects already underway, European countries are hoping to replicate results with the U.S. slightly behind.
The Inquisitr reported earlier this year on how Oxford University had 59 members of its academe sign a manifesto to urge the university’s stance on climate change. Since the university has investments in fossil fuels, including endowments, students and faculty have been protesting (and marching) in hopes for change at the academic institution. The hope is that the university begins to look elsewhere for its funding. In similar news, the Inquisitr covered the solar roadways in the U.S. as a plausible alternative to asphalt roads.
With the latest IPCC report, the UN has recent and updated data on climate change. Politicians and world leaders have to decide how to use this information. Will the 2100 goal be possible? That is up to the world’s leaders for now.
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