Climate solutions clarified by the U.N.

Each report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change finds stronger language to urge governments to action, the latest was published on 20th March declaring “a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.”

It is not at all doom and gloom. It draws on earlier reports that make clear the solutions that can reduce carbon emissions by half in the next 7 years to 2030.

One of its summary charts makes it clear that wind and solar energy can reduce carbon emissions much more than any other source. Nuclear power and carbon capture and storage each have just 10% of the potential of wind and solar, and at far higher cost (orange and red).

Switching to energy-efficient vehicles and public transport can cut emissions cheaply and significantly.

This chart comes from the IPCC report AR6-WPIII. There is more interpretation of it in this article by Damian Carrington.

The Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance has joined an appeal to West Yorkshire Combined Authority to get its activities on track to meet its own reduced carbon emissions target. Individuals can sign up here. There will be a major rally outside the WYCA AGM in Leeds on 22nd June.

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