March 5, 2011 By

UN: Call for ‘Massive Shift’ In Energy

energyA report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the offspring of two UN bodies, the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program, calls for an increase of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power thereby putting an end to the drastic climate changes. The report was released on Sunday 13 April, at a press conference in Berlin, but is said to have been censored under pressure by many governments (already alleged to have been “intended to be a palatable synopsis of the technical conclusions of more than 200 experts on how to stop runaway global warming – and what that would cost”)

The third in a series of highly-anticipated reports by the IPCC, the report on climate change says that only a “massive shift” in energy use could reverse the increased carbon emissions and suggests that the usage of natural gas would be an ideal alternative to carbon intensive sources. The report also criticizes the increasing use of coal and other fossil fuels among developing countries and warns that if no significant action is taken by 2030, global temperatures could rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius which would be highly dangerous.

The first report argued that human action was the primary cause of global warming. The second, released in March, outlined the effects of climate change on individuals and societies and warned that the impact of global warming were “severe, pervasive and irreversible”. The three reports are a part of the Fifth Assessment Report, a major study of the effects and causes of climate change.

Commissioned by the governments of 195 countries, the reports are crucial in validating and informing the climate policies by which they could take the required steps to avoid dangerous climatic change.

Posted in: Uncategorized