Report: Global warming panel warns
gas emissions must be reversed in 13 years
Feb 23, 2007 Melisa Eddy The Associated Press
A U.N.-backed panel of international scientists is
to warn that dangerous gas emissions must decline
by 2020 if global warming is to be halted, German
media reported Friday.
But the final part of a report by the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change insists that cutting carbon
dioxide emissions alone is not enough.
It urges industry and business leaders to invest
US$16 billion (euro12.18 billion) in the renewable
energy sector and calls on auto makers to start producing
smaller, more energy-efficient cars, according to
the the online edition of Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Der Spiegel Online also carried advance findings
of the report, not due to be released until May.
Last month in Paris, in a major announcement on climate
change, the group issued the first part of its findings,
warning that "warming of the climate system is unequivocal,"
the cause is "very likely" man-made, and the menace
will "continue for centuries."
According to Spiegel, the third part of the report
concentrates on specific measures that must be taken
in order to combat the effects of warming, including
increased use of bio-fuels and hybrid fuel cars and
the construction of new nuclear power stations, particularly
in developing countries.
It also calls for goals related to fighting the increase
of the Earth's temperature to diversify into a "multi-gas
strategy" that targets reductions in the amount of
methane, nitrous oxide and other damaging gasses.
"Goals on climate change have to be more flexible
and lest costly to reach than just purely CO2 strategies,"
Spiegel cited the report as saying.
Hans-Holger Rogner, head of planning and economic
studies for the International Atomic Energy Agency
in Vienna, who is working on the introduction to the
IPCC's report, to be released in Bangkok, insisted
any information coming out now is subject to major
changes and cannot be "considered correct."
He expressed little surprise at the reported recommendations
for the increased use of bio fuels and hybrid cars
and the construction of new nuclear power stations.
"These are the natural options. More efficient (cars),
more renewables, nuclear," Rogner said.