Saturday, February 24, 2007

One Word: Urgent

The Earth Times is reporting that
The U.N.-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said unless emission of greenhouse gases is drastically reduced by 2020, global warming could pose irreversible and disastrous impacts.

The panel has been quoted as saying in its final report the average surface temperatures on the planet could rise by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100, if drastic measures are not initiated to cut down on the emissions. What is more, it says in spite of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the planet could experience droughts, heat waves and rise in sea levels for more than 1,000 years.

The highlights of the report have been published by a German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which list down steps that are necessary to be initiated to reverse the situation. The solutions mooted include increased use of biofuels and development of smaller automobiles that should be least-polluting as well as energy-efficient. It also holds a brief for nuclear power, calling for commissioning of more number of such projects. The core issue is that the clock is ticking faster than what experts had thought and it is for the world's leaders to commit to act.

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