Can the world collaborate to truly defeat the threat of climate change?
I’m not going to hold my breath (but I probably should as air pollution levels climb). A recently released report on carbon emissions and climate change risk indicates that greenhouse gas pollution, particularly from the energy sector, must be drastically reduced to avoid global climate disaster. Basically, electricity generators and utilities must move to cleaner energy now, or we will be unable to handle the atmospheric consequences. Changes need to happen immediately. The consequences of inaction will be tragic.
For some reason, even when told that we’re all going to die in an extreme weather -climate –change- fueled horror like we see in catastrophe movies (I wouldn’t even rule out aSharknado at this point), greenhouse gas pollution is still the biggest threat to human existence.
The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) was kind enough to remind us once again of the dire consequences of unabated climate change in its interim 2014 report released July 8th. The project is a joint initiative led by two organizations; the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (ISDIR). The new report will be submitted to the United Nations at the Climate Leaders Summit on September 23rd 2014, and includes contributions by research teams from 15 different countries.
The report’s Executive Summary outlines points that will hopefully catch the attention of everyone interested in living on a hospitable planet.