The largest ever annual emissions of carbon,Â published today in the Guardian, put mankind dangerously close a pathway that will lead to temperature rises of drastic scale.
Lord Nick Stern:Â ”These figures indicate that [emissions] are now close to being back on a ‘business as usual’ path. According to the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's] projections, such a path … would mean around a 50% chance of a rise in global average temperature of more thanÂ 4C by 2100,” he said.
“Such warming would disrupt the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people across the planet, leading to widespread mass migration and conflict.Â That is a risk any sane person would seek to drastically reduce.”
Faith Birol, Chair of the International Energy Agency said disaster could yet be averted, if governments heed the warning. “If we haveÂ bold,Â decisive andÂ urgent action,Â very soon, we still have a chance of succeeding,” he said.
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