The Global Calculator, an online tool developed by experts from around the world, can now tell how to keep the rising temperatures under check even as we improve the standard of living. It also points towards the need to alter the technology and fuel used by people to make a better use of the available resources, namely land, food, water, energy and forests.

The Global Calculator project, which was led by UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and co-funded by Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC), was launched in London today. The tool shows HOW the “the world can eat well, travel more, live in more comfortable homes, and meet international carbon reduction commitments.”

The tool which has been developed after collaborating with organizations from Europe, China, India and the US is highly interactive and allows the NGOs and governments to evaluate the options for cutting carbon emissions and the trade-offs for energy and land use to 2050.

UK’s Energy and Climate Change Minister Ed Davey said, “For the first time this Global Calculator shows that everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to 2 degree C, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.

“Yet the calculator is also very clear that we must act now to change how we use and generate energy and how we use our land if we are going to achieve this green growth. The UK is leading on climate change both at home and abroad.

UK’s Energy and Climate Change Minister Ed Davey said, “For the first time this Global Calculator shows that everyone in the world can prosper while limiting global temperature rises to 2 degree C, preventing the most serious impacts of climate change.

“Yet the calculator is also very clear that we must act now to change how we use and generate energy and how we use our land if we are going to achieve this green growth. The UK is leading on climate change both at home and abroad.

The tool mentions that rapid action needs to be taken to cut down carbon emission from electricity to 10percent of the existing level and to increase the forest cover on the planet by 5 to 15percent, clearly mentioning that there is no other way to improve the standard of living of the 10 billion people supposed to inhabit the Earth by 2050. All this needs to be done while increasing the crop yield by 40-60percent

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  1. ReduceGHGs

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