The UN has once again warned of an impending disaster if the fossil fuel emission is not halted within the next six decades. Already the effects of global warming are being felt by the poor as well as the high and mighty nations and measures must be taken to stave off the disaster facing mankind.
The UN Environment Program said in its annual “Emissions Gap” report by 2055 and 2070 any carbon emission produced as a result of burning fossil fuel like oil, coal and natural gas will have to be compensated by measures which remove CO2 from the atmosphere. This will include planting trees or some form of carbon capture technology.
It is for the first time that the UN has released the levels of CO2 which can be managed and keep the planet stable to cap warming of 2 degrees Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. According to the International Energy Agency, the world temperatures could increase by 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, based on current trends. This will increase the risk of more violent storms, draughts, famine and rising ocean levels.
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said in a statement, “An increase in global temperature is proportional to the build-up of long-lasting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially CO2. Taking more action now reduces the need for more extreme action later to stay within safe emission limits.”
The report will serve as a beacon for representatives from 190 nations who will be meeting in Peru under the aegis of UN in a bid to rein in green house gases which are blamed for global warming. The UN is seeking to hammer out an agreement by 2015.
The UNEP report also includes a carbon budget and if emissions continue at present levels for another two decades, the results will be disastrous.