Scientists ask UN to invest more on research programs to combat climate change

co2 emissions 1822As we enter the new millennium, the scientific evidence is overwhelming that global warming caused by carbon dioxide emissions is the serious environmental crises ever faced by humankind. To combat climate change an international panel of scientists presented the United Nations with a far-reaching detailed plan.

The experts panel said that the research budgets are badly under funded worldwide which require a tripling to $45 billion or $60 billion a year to mobilize U.N. and other agencies.

Panel member John P. Holdren, director of Massachusetts’ Woods Hole Research Center said:

Billions more should go toward work on cellulose as a biofuel, overcoming the problems of nuclear energy, reducing solar electricity’s cost, and developing other cleaner energy sources.

The report of 166 pages produced at U.N. request sponsored by the private United Nations Foundation and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, was issued just after the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change (IPCC) an authoritative U.N. network of 2,000 scientists, made headlines with its latest assessment of climate science.

The experts panel said that the global temperature has risen up to an average of 1.3°F over the past hundred years. The world’s nations should agree to limit further rises to no more than 3.6°F this century and that by 2015-2020 the global CO2 emissions should be leveled off which should be further cut back to less than one-third by 2100.

Biodiversity expert Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden director and past president of Sigma Xi is other co-chair of the panel.

Source: USA Today

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