U.N. report indicates climate change is man-made
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
The United Nations released Friday its most strongly-worded climate change report yet and urged the international community to adopt a “carbon budget” in order to halt what the report called an “unequivocal” warming of the Earth.
Drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the study stated there is a 95 to 100 percent chance global warming is accelerated by human activity. The study cited rising sea levels, higher average atmospheric temperatures and diminishing snow as evidence of the warming climate system.
“It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” the report stated.
The panel also endorsed a ceiling on carbon emissions. To keep the warming below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the temperature of preindustrial times, no more than one trillion metric tons of carbon could be burned and released in the atmosphere.
In response to the report, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the findings will help support President Barack Obama’s climate plan.
The climate plan, which was introduced in June, aims to set carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants.