The world community must come out of its self denial mode and stare at the problem of Global Warming in the right earnest. The reports which have been put forth by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, OECD, IMF, World Bank, and the International Renewable Energy Agency are credible enough to be accepted by the world community. The reports starkly lay bare the crisis which is staring at the world community whose very existence is being threatened.
The reports also confirm the worst fears that the situation is much more critical than projected. The reports will also lay the foundation of action rather than making the world aware of the dangers of global warming. It is time for action which will bring tangible improvements in the Global climate.
The unambiguous conclusion that humans are answerable
The report which has contributions from 259 authors, cited more than 9,200 sources, and called on 1,089 reviewers and after much deliberation and assessment, the first installment was released in September. “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. The report is a broad and solid appraisal of climate change to date and also gives the conclusion that human activity caused severe, irreversible and overwhelming impact on the environment.
The conclusion will also form the basis for countries which are most affected by the climate change to seek compensation for the damage and the losses which has been incurred due to Global Warming. It is not an optimistic report but a damningly accurate and true account of the havoc caused by human activities on the planets delicate ecosystem.
Making the world aware of the cost of carbon
One key area which policy planners have not focused was the subsidies which have been offered for the fossil fuels. In a report by OECD which was released in January, it was revealed that more than 34 member states used more than 550 mechanisms to subsidize fossil fuels.IMF used the same scale to draw upon the subsidies given for fossil fuel in 176 countries and it came out to be a whopping 480bn US dollars annually. Adjusting the account for the costly outcomes of consuming subsidized carbon countries were actually incurring an expense of 1.9 trillion dollars annually
Having revealed the true cost of the carbon the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) also dealt a death blow to the belief that renewable energy as impractical and unaffordable. The report clarifies that the cost of the renewable energy source varied by location and there is one source of renewable energy source that beats the cost of fossil fuels in every region
In totality, 2013 saw increased accountability in the discussion on climate change.