Climate Panel Sees Need for New Steps on Emissions

Substantial new efforts will be needed worldwide to stem accelerating growth in greenhouse-gas emissions linked to rising global temperatures, according to a summary of a report being prepared by hundreds of climate scientists and economists working under the auspices of the United Nations.

The summary, which is subject to revision, said that efforts to rein in the billions of tons of annual releases of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases would have to begin soon to limit risks of large changes in the climate and their impact on humans and nature.

Developing countries, where an unparalleled burst of industrialization and construction is under way, offer some of the biggest opportunities for avoiding climate-warming emissions, the draft said, particularly in choices of power plants and building designs.

Source:  New York Times


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