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Connie Hedegaard: "Hitting the snooze button doesn’t work when it comes to the climate"

31/03/2014

Overwhelmed Flood sign, Upton-upon-Severn (c) CC BY-CA Bob Embleton

Pressing the snooze button can sometimes seem like one more moment of calm before having to get up and hurry to face the day. But will this extra time help? Well, no, when it comes to the climate, all the major climate scientists agree: we do not have the luxury of time.

The United Nations scientific panel on climate change today published its latest report on the impacts of climate change, underlining the need for strong and urgent international action to address the risks facing the world from a changing climate.

Commenting on the report, Connie Hedegaard said: "More knowledge is always good, more action would be even better. When the alarm goes off, many just hit the snooze button. This does not work anymore when it comes to the climate. It's time to wake up and bring action to the scale needed. Europe is preparing an ambitious reduction target for 2030 to be adopted later this year. I appeal to all major emitters to do the same urgently. It's time to get serious."

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report finds clear evidence that climate change is already having substantial and widespread impacts today, affecting natural and human systems on all continents and across the oceans. However, the report says action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can reduce the risk of such impacts in the future. Adaptation measures will be necessary over the next few decades and beyond to adapt to those impacts that can no longer be avoided.

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