Responding to findings by the Global Carbon Project, published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” this week, that atmospheric CO2 levels have risen 35% faster than expected since 2000, Gavin Edwards, Head of Climate at Greenpeace International said:“Today’s extremely worrying findings add to the overwhelming scientific evidence of the intensity of the climate crisis. We have no more time to waste in tackling climate change.
"The science is clear. The solutions are clear. The only thing
left unclear is whether world governments will rise to the
challenge of tackling climate change when they meet in Bali for UN
climate negotiations later this year."
World governments will meet in Bali, Indonesia this December to
agree a framework for the next two years of the Kyoto Protocol, and
must agree a clear mandate to secure binding emissions cuts that
the science says is needed to avoid climate catastrophe.
"It is imperative that real action is taken to reduce emissions
and global mean temperature rise well below 2ºC as possible.
Without this climate change will spiral out of control; the world
will suffer even more extreme weather, water crises, and increased
hunger. Millions of people will become climate refugees.
Governments must take a leadership role and make strong commitments
to tackle climate change, including a revolution in the way the
world produces and uses energy, and strong action to end
deforestation" continued Edwards.
To keep global average temperature rise AS FAR below 2ºC as
possible and for governments to honour their 15 year old
commitments to avoid dangerous climate change, Greenpeace is
calling for cuts of:
At least -50% globally by 2050, with a 1990 base year
At least -30% by developed countries by 2020, with a 1990 base
At least -80% for developed countries by 2050, with a 1990 base
Other contacts: Gavin Edwards, Greenpeace International, Head of Climate +31 6 52 39 14 29
Exp. contact date: 2007-12-20 00:00:00