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UN scientist wants big gas emission cuts

Posted in Meio-Ambiente by Raby Khalil on 30/08/2009

EUA – Australia Network – Wed, 26 Aug 2009.

The United Nation’s top climate scientist has endorsed ambitious goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Rajendra Pachauri expressed his opinion three months before the world hopes to seal a global climate treaty in Copenhagen.

Mr Pachauri is chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

He says he supports the call to keep atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below 350 parts per million.

In its 2007 report the IPCC said if emissions are not curbed, average global temperatures will rise by at least two degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

The IPCC also recommends rich nations slash their carbon pollution by 25 to 40 percent, compared to 1990 levels, over a 10-year period.

Many climate scientists are warning that even these challenging goals may not be ambitious enough to prevent rising sea levels, drought, violent storms and drowning islands.

Arctic visit

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon will visit a Norwegian island deep inside the Arctic Circle, near the North Pole, to see at first-hand the effects of climate change.

A UN spokeswoman said Mr Ban will arrive in Oslo next Monday for an official visit.

The next day, on September 1 first, he will go to the island of Spitsbergen, where he will spend two days visiting polar stations and research institutes.

The UN secretary-general will see the impact of climate change on the Arctic, and receive expert updates relating to the thinning ice.

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