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The IPCC report should catalyze climate action

Date
03 October 2013
The IPCC report should catalyze climate action

Ed Davey, the UK Secretary of State for Climate Change, has claimed that he believes that last week's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should act as a catalyst for governments to renew their efforts to tackle climate change “head on”.

The report, which warns that if gas emissions continue at current rates then the warming would inevitably rise above 2°C, outlines a carbon budget of how much CO2 can be absorbed by the atmosphere before the warming reaches the crucial 2°C mark.

Davey commented “As Margaret Thatcher famously said to President Bush at the time of the first Gulf War: ‘This is no time to go wobbly, George’. We must stick to the course we have set.”

Of the 1000GT budget listed by the IPCC, the scientists have estimated that we have used two thirds. “A large fraction of anthropogenic climate change resulting from CO2 emissions is irreversible on a multi-century to millennial time scale, except in the case of a large net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere over a sustained period” scientists concluded in the report.

Davey is positive about the scientists’ conclusions: “I think one of the attractive things about the carbon budget is it fits very well into the carbon budget we have in the UK”. He admitted that he doesn’t know how much the UK emissions would have to be cut, but that now was the time to tackle climate change “head on”.

BusinessGreen also reports that Mr Davey claimed that AR5’s findings were a “reality check”.

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