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UN panel: GHG emissions increased despite green steps – Times of India
NEW DELHI: Nearly two weeks after predicting a gloomy future for the world due to global warming, a UN panel on Sunday came out with yet another alarming report, telling the global community that the emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs) have increased substantially despite reduction measures adopted by different countries.

In its report, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.

It, however, emphasized that the world has tools (ways) to fight climate change and the time has come when countries must take the measures more effectively.

Highlighting that existing efforts were not enough to bring down emissions, the panel urged nations to take measures to lower global GHGs emissions by 40-70% from the 2010 level by mid-century if the world wanted to limit the increase in global mean temperature to a manageable 2 degrees.

Pitching for a low-carbon future by increasing use of renewable energy and substantially cutting down consumption of fossil fuels, the IPCC also set another target, saying the emissions must be cut down to “near zero by the end of this century”, saying “ambitious mitigation may even require removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere”.

The report — Mitigation of Climate Change — carries a number of recommendations for policy makers which can be implemented so that the level of emission is reduced and the world is saved from disastrous consequences of global warming.

Though the IPCC did not get into the country-specific recommendation, it enlisted number of measures which can be taken up by developing countries like India, China and Brazil.

Navroz Dubash, one of the Indian authors of the IPCC report, told the TOI that the recommendations regarding reduction of subsidy for fossil fuels (diesel and petrol), specifically in transport sector, and use of energy efficient products (by Bureau of Energy Efficiency) through strict mechanism/testing are couple of suggestions which can be adopted by India.

Dubash and other Indian authors (scientists, researchers and academicians) — including Eswaran Somanathan, Shreekant Gupta and Joyashree Roy – also highlighted that there are many co-benefits of these measures which India can adopt even if New Delhi may not agree with certain other suggestions which the developed countries might be pushing for.

They also pitched for substantial use of renewable energy and said these efforts had “co-benefits” as cutting down fossil fuel consumption would save money, besides lowering emissions.

Asked about high cost of existing clean technology, Somanathan said if you would use it more, the cost would eventually come down and renewable energy would become more affordable for all sections of societies in due course.

The IPCC report came out with sector-wise recommendations which may help the world in cutting down GHGs emissions. It highlighted that the stabilizing greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere requires emissions reductions from energy production and use, transport, building, industry, land use, forestry, agriculture and human settlements.

Gupta said use of climate smart technology and efficient use of water in agriculture would help countries like India. He pointed out how such measures can even help the country in fighting the adverse affects of El Nino which may hit India this year or other extreme weather events.

The IPCC panel analyzed different scenarios for stabilizing or reducing emissions in each of these sectors and made a number of recommendations to policy makers on this regard.

This report — Working Group-III of the IPCC fifth assessment document — will be an important tool for the national negotiators who have been working to have a global climate deal in Paris in 2015.

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