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Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming
2017/07/30 09:45
Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is still just about possible, but will require unprecedented effort and coordination from governments, businesses, citizens and scientists in the next three years, a group of prominent experts has warned.
2017/07/30 09:45
This year’s weather has beaten high temperature records in some regions, and 2014, 2015 and 2016 were the hottest years on record.
2017/07/30 09:46
They calculate that if emissions can be brought permanently lower by 2020 then the temperature thresholds leading to runaway irreversible climate change will not be breached.
2017/07/30 09:47
We stand at the doorway of being able to bend the emissions curve downwards by 2020
2017/07/30 09:48
The opportunity given to us over the next three years is unique in history.
2017/07/30 09:52
Coal use is showing clear signs of decline in key regions, including China and India.
2017/07/30 09:54
These include increasing renewable energy to 30% of electricity use; plans from leading cities and states to decarbonise by 2050; 15% of new vehicles sold to be electric; and reforms to land use, agriculture, heavy industry and the finance sector, to encourage green growth.
2017/07/30 09:55
“We have been blessed by a remarkably resilient planet over the past 100 years, able to absorb most of our climate abuse. Now we have reached the end of this era, and need to bend the global curve of emissions immediately, to avoid unmanageable outcomes for our modern world.”
2017/07/30 09:58