U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions – NYTimes.com

The line has been drawn in the sand.  But what comes next is still a question–both diplomatically as well as economically:

The panel, in issuing its most definitive assessment yet of the risks of human-caused warming, hoped to give impetus to international negotiations toward a new climate treaty, which have languished in recent years in a swamp of technical and political disputes. The group made clear that time is not on the planet’s side if emissions continue unchecked.

“Human influence has been detected in warming of the atmosphere and the ocean, in changes in the global water cycle, in reductions in snow and ice, in global mean sea level rise, and in changes in some climate extremes,” the report said. “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

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2 thoughts on “U.N. Climate Panel Endorses Ceiling on Global Emissions – NYTimes.com

  1. shannonmelissa22 says:

    According to Stocker, “Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time.” That statement is extremely shocking a scary and I think that it’ s awesome that the UN is making this issue a priority. Having a carbon limit is a good idea of a step towards lessening the damage that we are doing to our environment and I am excited to see what else the leaders decide to do in order to prevent irreversible damage to the environment.

  2. As the U.N. panel talks about creating a ceiling for global emissions, I hope that they take a fair approach to how each country is restricted. Though the U.S.’s per capita emissions is quite high, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to take the blame for climate change. Today China emits nearly twice as much CO2 as the United States (European Commission estimate), and suffers from a horrible lack of environmental regulations. According to the Daily Beast, China accounts for 47% of the world’s coal consumption. The air quality in Beijing is often so bad that it can only be categorized as “beyond index”. Special attention must be given to relatively new industrial powers- such as China and India- to facilitate some of the basic regulations that other countries already have.

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