According to a new climate change report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), politicians have been advised by climate experts to take up the challenge to protect our world from climate change by making policies that ensure that gas and coal reserves are left preserved underground, or exhausting them might spell doom for our planet.
The report goes ahead to state that the adverse progress of climate change might become irreversible if fossil fuels stay dominant in our industrial economies, and that the world faces a grim future unless of course nations rise up to the urgent tasks of cutting greenhouse emissions. Industrial organizations have not been helping matters at all because they largely depend on carbon dioxide from fossil fuels to power industrial operations, and this sole reliance on fossil fuel does not appear to have an end in sight.
And since industrial organizations and world governments are only paying lip-service to the need for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the secretary of state for energy and climate change, Ed Davey, has stated that “it’s now up to the politicians – we must safeguard the world for future generations by striking a new climate deal…” and this is largely because the IPCC report “sends a clear message that should be heard across the world – we must act on climate change now.”
The chairman of the group, Philippe Joubert, lent his voice by saying “the findings of this report are required reading for government offices and board-rooms around the world.” Meanwhile, the executive director of 350.org, a climate campaign group, states that the IPCC’s report “strengthens the case for fossil fuel divestment. It clearly states that the vast majority of coal, oil and gas must remain underground and that investments in the sector must fall by tens of billions of dollars a year. The fossil fuel industry’s business plan and a livable planet are simply incompatible.”
Uncontrolled human activity and nature’s exploitation has been blamed for 95% of global warming, and this is the more reason why renewable low-carbon energy and nuclear power sources must be found to create a lasting solution out of the energy and climate problem.
The government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Mark Walport advises that “We can still avoid the most serious impacts. We need to transform the way we power our lives. This will be very challenging, but the challenges for humanity if we do not are likely to be far greater. The longer global emissions are allowed to continue to increase year on year the more difficult, and expensive, the transition to a low carbon future will become.”