Emissions from fossil fuels need to be phased out by 2100

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today published the synthesis report of their fifth assessment. It summarises agreed findings of over 800 scientists and is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change ever undertaken.

Conclusions include:

  • “Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.
  • “Options are available to adapt to climate change and … ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future.
  • “We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within 2ºC of warming closes. To keep a good chance of staying below 2ºC, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40 to 70 percent globally between 2010 and 2050, falling to zero or below by 2100.”

Extracts from IPCC Press Release, 2nd November 2014

Media coverage of the latest IPCC report includes: BBC, 2 Nov 2014 – Guardian, 2 Nov 2014 – Telegraph, 2 Nov 2014 – Telegraph, 31 Oct 2014

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