UN's Take On Climate Change Grows Sunnier

Some measures may enhance global GDP
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 10:05 AM CDT
UN's Take On Climate Change Grows Sunnier
A disabled Cambodian man walks with his family near his home in a de-forested area along the Thai-Cambodia border Thursday, March 3, 2005, near Pailin, Cambodia. Delegates to a climate change conference rushed Thursday, May 3, 2007 to finish a report mapping out measures to combat global warming, confident...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Policy and behavior changes can help limit greenhouse-gas emissions and slow climate change, say experts at a UN conference in Bangkok—and at a reasonable price. Some curbs on emissions may even enhance global GDP, but time is short. Within 10 to 20 years, global emissions should begin dropping to avoid serious impact on the climate.

Promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency will help the effort, as will less deforestation. But if consumption patterns remain unchanged, sustained use of fossil fuels will cause greenhouse-gas emissions to soar. "If we continue to do what we are doing now, we are in deep trouble," says Ogunlade Davidson, a senior author of the report. (Read more climate change stories.)

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