United Nations Warns World To Cut Greenhouse Gases Now To Avoid Disaster
As greenhouse gases continue to increase around the globe, the United Nations has released a dire warning calling for an immediate reduction of carbon emissions or else the world faces a calamity, unlike anything we have seen before.
Despite the Paris Climate Agreement setting clear goals to reduce carbon emissions, the fossil fuel industry is poised to increase growth over the next few years, even as clean energy becomes a more important part of the grid. Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but truck and SUV sales are only rising, threatening all the carbon emission savings electric cars had provided up to now.
Deforestation is also on the rise as wildfires rage in California, Brazil and Australia partly because of a drier climate and partly because of overlogging and agricultural pursuits. This not only produces carbon emissions, the loss of trees reduces oxygen production, causing global temperatures to rise and worsening climate change.
All of this has forced the United Nations to issue a dire report warning that the world must immediately reduce carbon emissions or we will face catastrophe.
“The summary findings are bleak,” the Emissions Gap Report said. “Countries collectively failed to stop the growth in global [greenhouse gas] emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required.”
“What we are looking at is really that emissions need to go down by 55 percent by 2030,” Technical University of Denmark researcher and report author John Christensen said in a statement. “If you look at the global emissions, they are still going up. (Carbon dioxide) has started to increase again, and it doesn’t look too good.”
UN Environment Program head Inger Andersen agreed.
“We need quick wins to reduce emissions as much as possible in 2020,” Andersen said. “We need to catch up on the years in which we procrastinated.”
That means nations around the globe are going to have to reduce carbon emissions, which can be done if governments crackdown on the fossil fuel industry by stopping further production of oil, gas and coal as well as replace the energy already produced by fossil fuels by using clean energy sources instead, such as solar, wind and battery power.
Governments can also tackle the transportation industry by investing in electric cars and trucks to replace gas-guzzling vehicles on the road.
The United Nations report, while bleak, does offer a ray of hope.
However, behind the grim headlines, a more differentiated message emerges from the ten-year summary. A number of encouraging developments have taken place and the political focus on the climate crisis is growing in several countries, with voters and protesters, particularly youth, making it clear that it is their number one issue. In addition, the technologies for rapid and cost-effective emission reductions have improved significantly.
The report comes not long after Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg shamed the body while world leaders were in attendance, accusing them of robbing younger generations and demanding action.
Now the United Nations is also calling for action, and it’s time for our leaders to wake up and take those actions before it is too late.
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