6. Carbon emissions have to be cut faster than thought
Heatwaves of more than 50â°C in Iraq and India in recent weeks are yet further indications that climate disruption is a present-day reality, not something for the future that the world can respond to at leisure.
Many climate scientists and energy analysts argue that the current targets for reducing emissions are far too low. This is because carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a slow rate of circulation, meaning that â€“ even if the rate of emissions is brought under control â€“ there is a considerable 'lag' phase before concentrations are reduced.
Others argue that all coal-fired power-stations worldwide should be closed down by the early 2020s and all use of the internal combustion engine â€“ in cars, trucks, buses and the rest â€“ must end by 2030. This all mandates an almost unbelievable rate of transition, yet such is the growing impact of climate disruption that it is becoming uncomfortably necessary.
Text by Paul Rogers, copied from CommonDreams