Urgent Deadline Approaches for Paris Agreement Climate Goals – World Peace Organization

April 4and, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report stating that the world must significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next three years to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The report notes that emissions must peak by 2025 and decrease by 43% by 2030 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The IPCC has also advocated for earlier retirements and a decrease in the use of fossil fuels as energy sources as solutions to mitigate global warming.

“It’s now or never if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Without immediate and deep emission reductions across all sectors, this will be impossible,” said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

“Across countries, actions to limit global warming that translate into broader benefits for societies can increase the pace, depth and scale of emissions reductions,” said the vice president of the IPCC Working Group III, Ramón Pichs-Madruga. “Accelerated and equitable climate action to mitigate climate change and adapt to the impact of climate change is essential for sustainable development.”

The effects of climate change are well documented and the movement towards more sustainable energy sources is expected to continue as these sources become more economically sufficient. However, it is important to recognize the vital role that fossil fuels play in lifting developing countries out of poverty. This has happened historically in China and India, where coal and oil consumption has increased fivefold since 1970, while life expectancy has also increased dramatically. As countries get richer, they can afford to invest in cleaner energy sources that improve air quality and reduce emissions, but that’s not a luxury that poor countries can afford. Instead, these nations should be encouraged to reduce their dependence on coal by drilling for natural gas and building nuclear power plants.

The transition from coal to natural gas has a significant effect on reducing carbon emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the shift from coal-fired power generation to natural gas and less carbon-intensive renewables reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the United States from 2018 to 2019. Governments should take action to limit global warming by encouraging private investment in innovative renewable energy sources, while also recognizing the importance of fossil fuels for development.

In 2015, countries participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signed the Paris Climate Agreement, which stipulated that its signatories would take action to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°. C, in order to reduce it. limit to 1.5°C. However, this objective seems increasingly out of reach. Reducing the 1.5°C target would require the world to cut emissions by 15% each year since 2020, but despite pledging to cut emissions by 25% when the deal was signed, the United States is not are on track to achieve a 17% reduction from 2005 levels by 2025.

Despite analysts’ alarm, the failure to respect the quotas set by the Paris agreement has not yet produced drastic effects. “The evidence actually shows that climate-related disasters kill far fewer people than ever before,” former director of Denmark’s Institute for Environmental Assessment Bjorn Lomborg said in a Financial Post article. “Over the past century, the death toll from floods, droughts, storms, wildfires and extreme temperatures has increased. fall by an incredible 98 percent.

Climate change has the potential to significantly impact lives around the world. When adopting policies to reduce its future effects, policy makers must be careful not to reduce energy security or the quality of life of current populations. Policies that allow free immigration and encourage the construction of more protective infrastructure must be pursued in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Meeting certain quotas, such as the Paris Climate Agreement’s emissions reduction quota, is simply not feasible at present. Promoting practical solutions to climate change is the best approach to keeping most people safe and stable in the changing climate of the coming decades.

Aubrey L. Morgan