You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

UN Panel: Time is running out to stop climate change


Sooner is much better than later.

That’s the word from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned Sunday humans need to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions in the next few decades to prevent dangerous levels of climate change.

The IPCC’s report says the recent increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases is unprecedented. Emissions growth from 2000 to 2010 was more than the three previous decades combined. (via Global Carbon Project)

The climate scientists described a global temperature milestone of two degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels.

They say exceeding that limit could cause “dangerous interference with the climate system.” Staying under the two-degree ceiling would require a reduction in global greenhouse emissions of as much as 70 percent by midcentury. (Via IPCC)

“The biggest single thing that needs to happen according to the new report is a significant movement away from generating electricity with coal and oil to renewables like wind energy.” (Via BBC

The Wall Street Journal points to resistance to the IPCC’s findings. One example: oil-producing countries who say mathematical models cannot accurately predict warming trends. 

But official response has been generally supportive. EU climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard agrees there’s no plan B for climate change. The Guardian quotes her saying, ''There is only plan A: collective action to reduce emissions now. The more you wait, the more it will cost. The more you wait, the more difficult it will become.'' (Via Flickr / European ParliamentThe Guardian)

This is the third of four conferences that make up the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report. Members met in Yokohama, Japan last month to discuss the impact and vulnerabilities associated with a warming planet. (Via IPCC)

The IPCC will convene one more meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark this October to issue its final report on contemporary climate change.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Junior Achievement to honor business leaders
Junior Achievement to honor business leaders

Junior Achievement of the Mad River Region will honor a New Carlisle business owner, an educator and a Mechanicsburg couple who started their own fair trade coffee business at an event next month. JA of the Mad River Region will honor Bill Scarff, owner of Scarff’s Nursery in New Carlisle, as its 2017 Laureate. Scarff has played an active role...
50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home
50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home

A giant 9-foot long beehive with some 50,000 bees inside was discovered under the eaves and in the attic of a guest house on a property in Tucson, Arizona. Homeowner Cindy Stewart called in bee experts to help relocate the massive hive of Africanized honey bees last week, according to KOLD-TV. Stewart said trying to handle the colony by herself seemed...
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age. Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old. Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity. “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live...
Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast
Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’Reilly.com.  A banner across the top of the site...
Businesses donate $40K for new gym floor at Springfield Salvation Army
Businesses donate $40K for new gym floor at Springfield Salvation Army

The Clark County Salvation Army soon will have a new gym floor after local businesses banded together to fund the $40,000 project. It’s been 35 years since the organization replaced its tile floor, said Ryan Ray, resource development manager with the Salvation Army. Now, it may add new programs once the floor is completed. “It wasn&rsquo...
More Stories