The changes required for combating climate change are not dissimilar to those required for re-building after World War II, views Satu Hassi (Greens).
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Monday issued a report to draw attention to the fact that the window for limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5ºC will close in 12 years’ time.
The authors of the much-discussed report warn that exceeding the crucial threshold even by half a degree would severely exacerbate floods, storms, heat-waves, sea-level rise and other problems caused by global warming, and urge governments around the world to introduce “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.
Hassi reminds that while the necessary changes will not be easy, they are also not impossible.
“The report offers hope that it is still possible to avoid the worst consequences of climate change and contain limit global warming at 1.5 degrees,” she writes in a press release.
“The report also calls for swift action. The whole humankind must break free from fossil fuels by the midway point of the century. Industrial countries, including Finland, must shut down fossil fuel use in less than 20 years.”
The IPCC pointed out that in addition to reducing emissions, countries around the world must do their utmost to remove carbon from the atmosphere by fostering natural carbon sinks and adopting experimental carbon storage and removal technologies.
“The only known method is enhancing the carbon sink effect of soil and forests,” says Hassi. “Also Finland must get to a situation where its carbon sinks are larger than its emissions in the 2030s.”
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Source: Uusi Suomi