Friday, November 2, 2018

What cities must do to protect the climate

I've seen a lot of people with Deer-in-Headlights expressions regarding the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change); if you haven’t seen it, I’ve included a quotation from the press release below and a link.

The good news is we still have time to act and there are more and more good research reports on what to do. Municipalities have a critical role to play. Here is a report that lists 7 actions for them to take.  Rather than getting pulled down by fear, we need to get moving.

http://carbonneutralcities.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/CNCA-Game-Changers-Report-2018.pdf

And here’s a summary of the IPCC findings:
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/session48/pr_181008_P48_spm_en.pdf

The report finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.

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