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Valencia, Spain - 12 November 2007 - Fifteen Greenpeace
volunteers today hung three banners totalling 400m sq m with the
message "Warning: save the climate now" - at the opening of the
final session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC), which is due to complete its Fourth Assessment Report this
week, in Valencia, Spain.
This week, the IPCC will finalise the most important of its
documents this year - the 'Synthesis Report' that brings together
the current scientific understanding on climate change and will
guide climate change policymaking over the next few years.
"This report will become the key reference document on climate
change for policymakers," said Stephanie Tunmore of Greenpeace
"The Synthesis Report outlines the problem, the cause and the
solutions and provides an overwhelming case for urgent action on
climate change by governments, businesses and individuals."
"In three weeks time, negotiators from governments around the
world will meet in Bali to decide the next steps they need to take
to protect the climate. The urgency of the science must be front
and foremost in their minds and must drive their decision making.
The report being finalised this week is central to that."
The Bali talks were postponed specifically so that this IPCC
report could be finished. In the meantime, the organisation has
been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which it will receive at a
ceremony in Oslo on 10 December (the 10th anniversary of the Kyoto
This year, the IPCC has concluded that:
- Most of the observed warming over the past half-century is
caused by human activities (greater than 90 per cent
- The full range of projected temperature increase is 1.1 to 6.4
degrees Celsius and the best estimate range is 1.8 to 4.0 degrees
- Over the next decades the number of people at risk of water
scarcity is likely to rise from tens of millions to billions.
Projected reductions in food production capacity in the poorest
parts of the world would bring more hunger and misery and undermine
achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
- The loss of glaciers in Asia, Latin America and Europe are set
to cause major water supply problems for a large fraction of the
world's population. Sea level rise, storm surges and river flooding
threaten huge numbers of people in the Asian Megadeltas such as the
Ganges-Brahmaputra (Bangladesh) and the Zhujiang (Pearl
- Limiting global mean temperature increases to 2 to 2.4 degrees
C above pre-industrial levels will require carbon dioxide (CO2)
emissions to peak before 2015 and to be 50 to 85 per cent lower
than 2000 levels by 2050.
- Delaying action on reducing emissions often leads to
governments making decisions in favour of investing in dirty
energy; high emission options which are then difficult and costly
- Renewable energy generally has a positive effect on energy
security, employment and on air quality. Renewable energy could
achieve a 30-35 per cent share of total electricity supply in
"The science is clear - we have only a short timeframe to stop
dangerous levels of climate change and - the world must act now,"
Greenpeace believes it is possible to keep the worst impacts of
climate change - such as extreme weather events, water crises and
increased hunger - from putting millions of people at risk.
But industrialized countries must make the cuts in greenhouse
gas emissions that the scientific evidence demands.
To avert the worst impacts of climate change we need to keep
global average temperatures as far below two degrees as possible.
Rich nations must commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at
least 30 per cent by 2020 and at least 80 per cent by 2050.
This can be achieved if industrialised countries kick-start an
'energy revolution' and help developing countries to do the same,
as well as providing them with the necessary incentives to commit
to stopping deforestation.
In Bali, governments must agree to the necessary steps to reach
these objectives - with a 2009 deadline for this action plan.
"Spanish President José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said that he
wants Spain to be a world leader in the international fight against
climate change. As hosts of this week's IPCC meeting, the Spanish
Government could show this leadership by committing to deep
emissions cuts and developing a 100% renewable electricity system
for Spain. Greenpeace has shown this to be possible," said Raquel
Montón of Greenpeace Spain.
Greenpeace will be at the meeting all week.
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