Scientists' warning on climate change

Five of Norfolk's top scientists will join other climate experts today in calling for urgent action on greenhouse gas limits.

Five of Norfolk's top scientists will join other climate experts today in calling for urgent action on greenhouse gas limits.

More than 200 scientists will warn those attending the United Nations Climate Conference in Bali that they the need to act immediately to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They have signed a Bali Declaration which says there is a window of only 10-15 years for global emissions to peak and decline and a goal of at least a 50pc reduction by 2050 is needed.

The roll-call of top climate researchers includes UEA's Prof Corinne Le Quéré (also of the British Antarctic Survey), Prof Andrew Watson, Dr Dorothee Bakker, Dr Erik Buitenhuis and Dr Nathan Gillett.


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The signatories warn that if immediate action is not taken, many millions of people will be at risk from extreme events such as heat waves, drought, floods and storm.

Prof Le Quéré said: “Climate change is unfolding very fast. There is only one option to limit the damages: stabilise the concentration of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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“There is no time to waste. I urge the negotiators in Bali to stand up to the challenge and set strong binding targets for the benefit of the world population.”

The researchers, who include many of the world's most acclaimed climate scientists, call on government negotiators from the 180 nations represented at the meeting to recognize the urgency of taking action now.

They say the world may have as little as 10 years to start reversing the global rise in emissions.

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