Scientists say the world should prepare for severe and irreversible impacts of climate change as greenhouse gases reach the highest level. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its report released on Sunday warns that greenhouse gas levels are at their highest in 800,000 years, with recent increases mostly due to the burning of fossil fuels.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its report released on Sunday warns that greenhouse gas levels are at their highest in 800,000 years, with recent increases mostly due to the burning of fossil fuels.
The report says continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon while launching the report asked leaders around the world to take action by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He says the world urgently needs to adopt cleaner energy solutions like electricity among others.
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Global warming impacts are already being witnessed around the world, with severe floods, prolonged drought and poorer crop yields among others.
Scientists are warning of temperature increase over the coming decades if concerted efforts are not taken to reduce carbon emissions. They say continued usage of fossil fuel could damage not only the environment but more substantially even the habitability of the planet.
Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), while reacting to the report said decision makers should use the report to guide economies to low carbon foot path.
She says there will not be stable growth in each country in unstable climate and that climate change must not only be viewed as an environment issue but a finance, national security and diplomatic issue.
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She says the world needs to ensure there's electricity for those that are trying to work their way out of poverty.
The report comes as world leaders prepare for the annual UN Climate Change negotiations slated for December in Lima, Peru. Least Developed Countries like Uganda have among other issues been asking developed countries to provide financing towards cleaner energies like solar and hydro-electric power.