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U.N. Report: Avoiding Climate Change Possible With ‘Substantial Emission Reductions’

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Aired 4/21/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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David Victor, a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UC San Diego, is one of the authors of a report. He's also author of the book "Global Warming Gridlock."

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The effects of climate change are undeniable, but governments are still behind the curve in taking action to slow the spread of greenhouse gases.

The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just released its fifth report on the rapidly closing window of time to take action on reducing greenhouse gases.

The report found that greenhouse gas emissions grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than the three previous decades, and in spite of policies designed to reduce emissions.

“Climate policies in line with the 2 degrees Celsius goal need to aim for substantial emission reductions,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, a co-chair of the working group who published the report in a press release.

“There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual,” he said.

David Victor, a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at UC San Diego, is one of the authors of a report. He's also author of the book "Global Warming Gridlock."

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sciencefirst | April 21, 2014 at 2:19 p.m. ― 4 months, 1 week ago


Eight Nobel Prize-wining economists and the Harvard economist who a co-author of the latest IPCC report advocate a consumer-friendly carbon tax to transition efficiently to clean energy without economic pain. A steadily increasing carbon pollution tax rebated directly to consumers, a "tax swap," will let the market make the switch to renewables as carbon fuels get increasingly more expensive than solar and wind. Revenue-neutral and no government regulations. As they scale up, solar and wind get cheaper and storage/intermittency problem has been solved. See The Citizens Climate Lobby website for details and get involved, or at least write Congress.

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