Time for gradual emissions cuts is over: climate experts

• By Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation • Time has run out for governments to reduce carbon emissions gradually and only drastic reform can keep catastrophic global warming at bay, a panel of climate change experts said on Friday. Speaking ahead of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference COP (Conference of Parties) 18, which opens in Doha on Monday, experts said there was no time to wait for international agreement on the issue. “Personally, I stopped taking notice of those COP negotiations some years ago,” Patrick Hearps, a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Energy Institute, said at a press conference organised by the Australian Science Media Centre. “The way to really quickly change the game and shift the process out of the very bogged down negotiations is for individual countries simply to show leadership,” Mr Hearps said. For example, Germany’s investment in solar energy had made the technology cheaper worldwide and popularised it in Africa and India, he said. “Germany didn’t wait for the other 191 countries of the world [to agree].” He called on Australia to invest heavily in public transport, which would cost a lot initially but save money over time as fossil fuels become dearer and cause expensive environmental damage ...Zum vollständigen Artikel

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