Global efforts needed to cut emissions

MONITORING REPORT ISB: The UN experts panel on climate change has highlighted the divide between international goals to fight global warming and what is being done to attain them. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stressed that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 per cent by 2050 to keep the unavoidable increase in global temperature below the 2-degree centigrade.

Leaked documents at the week-long IPCC session in Berlin has identified the higher energy needs resulting from population growth and expanding economies in the developing world as the biggest reason for the rising emissions.

This intensification of climate extremes will be the most visible impact of global warming in our everyday life if due attention is not given to address the dangers.

Unchecked global warming could have a significant economic impact and worsen respiratory allergies and asthma. The only safe path forward is to arrive at a carbon neutral world in the second half of this century.

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