The United Nations Foundation and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, has released the results of a two year study which is calling for drastic reductions in fossil-fuel emissions around the world and rapid increases in spending on clean-energy research.
The report concludes that global warming is “unequivocal”. If nothing is done global temperatures could rise 11 degrees by 2100.
It says the United Nations must better prepare to help tens of millions of “environmental refugees,” and it urges all governments to discourage new building on land less than one meter — about 39 inches — above sea level.
“This report defines the seriousness and urgency that must characterize global efforts to respond to the unfolding and far-reaching challenge of climate change. Confronting Climate Change makes clear that we must start immediately to stabilize and then substantially reverse the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions,” argues Timothy Wirth, President of the United Nations Foundation.