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  • Writer's pictureTom Mast

IPCC: Window to avert catastrophic climate change is quickly closing

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

·Senior Editor, Yahoo News

Mon, April 4, 2022, 11:19 AM

(The following comments were excerpted from the article by Ben Adler.)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday released its latest report, which found that nations are falling short of their pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called the report’s conclusion “damning.”

“This report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a litany of broken climate promises…”

The IPCC report included 278 authors from 65 countries reviewing over 18,000 scientific papers.

Global emissions are at their highest level in history: 54% higher than in 1990, and 12% higher than they were in 2010.

…Jae Edmonds, chief scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute and a co-author of the IPCC report, told Yahoo News. “Do we have the policies and measures that have put us on track to get to net-zero [emissions] by a 2050 time frame? Not yet.”

Edmonds likened the current approach taken in Paris and Glasgow to reducing emissions as “the church model: We’re gonna fund this by passing the collection plate around and we’re gonna take up a collection of emissions mitigation and see where that gets us…”


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