IPCC leak reveals a global lag in climate action but lays out solutions to hit UN targets

Clare Saxon Ghauri
17 January 2014

LONDON: An IPCC report leak reveals the world is still not doing enough to limit global temperature rises to 2°C, and lays out solutions to climate change including investing an extra US$147 billion a year in low carbon energy technologies.

An early draft of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which was seen by news agency Reuters, says global emissions are continuing to rise and that governments are not doing enough to keep the global average temperature under the agreed 2°C limit.

According to Reuters, the report recommends low carbon energy investments of US$147 billion a year to 2029, and highlights opportunities such as greening buildings that are yet to be built in rapidly growing economies: “Most of the world’s urban areas have yet to be constructed", it says.

The report also warns of an extra US$60 trillion as the staggering 'cost of inaction' to the global economy, which faces aggravated extreme weather events if CO2 emissions do not drop between 40-70% up to 2050 and keep the world within the agreed temperature rise limits.

Damian Ryan, Senior Policy Manager, The Climate Group, said: “The leaked IPCC serves as a stark warning of the world’s insufficient climate leadership so far. The huge economic cost of inaction estimated in the leak should spur renewed urgency from leaders at the UN Climate Leaders Summit this September, as we hurtle towards a global deal at COP21 in Paris next year.”

In September 2013, we hosted a live webcast with three IPCC climate scientists who authored the first part of the AR5, which says humans are to blame for climate change. Dr Dennis Hartmann, professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Washington, said: “We can also measure with great precision greenhouse gases in the atmosphere like CO2, NO2 and methane. CO2 is up 40% more than in the pre-Industrial era. […] Data from CO2 in ice cores shows the concentration in the atmosphere is higher than it ever has been in the last 8,000 years. This is statistically significant.”

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By Clare Saxon

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