Climate change: what next? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

AT long last the unprecedented typhoons, tropical storms and massive rains are delivering dramatically a chilling message: climate change is here and must be addressed urgently.

The IPPC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has warned that future global warming should be limited to below 2°C relative to the pre-industrial level. Else even greater catastrophes will follow. This requires drastic cuts in burning coal and fossil fuels (greenhouse gases) – long used to power industries and economies.

Countries sought to do this through a binding UN Framework on Convention on Climate Change – to “stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human) interference with the climate system”. The convention confirms that developed countries bear primary historical responsibility: their long years of burning coal and other gases for industrialisation produced the carbon that has led to these soaring temperatures. Hence their obligation to reduce carbon emissions. Read more