The next few years are critical “Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change.” Fresh Energy IPCC report provides ‘now or never’ warning
On April 4, 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report “Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change.” The report was written by 287 authors from 65 countries, based on more than 18,000 scientific papers. Read the Summary for Policymakers.
The thousands of pages in the report can be summed up in a few words: We need to take action starting now.
“We know what to do; we know how to do it; it is up to policymakers to take action,” said J. Drake Hamilton, senior director, science policy at Fresh Energy. She continued that the big takeaways from the report, “We must ramp down fossil fuels, quickly and dramatically, and start phasing down fossil fuel infrastructure.”
The Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Working Group III report, Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of climate change was approved on April 4 2022, Cities and other urban areas also offer significant opportunities for emissions reductions. These can be achieved through lower energy consumption (such as by creating compact, walkable cities), electrification of transport in combination with low-emission energy sources, and enhanced carbon uptake and storage using nature. There are options for established, rapidly growing and new cities. Full Report
Stopping Climate Change Is Doable, but Time Is Short, U.N. Panel Warns NYT Article A major new scientific report offers a road map for how countries can limit global warming, but warns that the margin for error is vanishingly small.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the United Nations, warns that unless countries drastically accelerate efforts over the next few years to slash their emissions from coal, oil and natural gas, the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, will likely be out of reach by the end of this decade.
- 5 Takeaways From the U.N. Report on Limiting Global Warming NYT April 4 2022
- Current pledges to cut emissions, even if nations follow through on them, won’t stop temperatures from rising to risky new levels.
- Without swift action, we’re headed for trouble.
- Emissions are tied to economic growth and income.
- Clean energy has become more affordable.
- Still, altering the climate path won’t be easy or cheap.
- The world needs to invest three to six times what it’s currently spending on mitigating climate change if it wants to limit global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius, the report says.
- There are other steps that could help and wouldn’t break the bank.
- The report looks at a host of other changes to societies that could reduce emissions, including more energy-efficient buildings, more recycling and more white-collar work going remote and virtual.