Climate action a ‘moral responsibility’

Chinese climatologist says the world must work together on global warming.

Qin Dahe

Qin Dahe. - Stephen Shaver/UPI Photo/Newscom

Global warming is causing changes in glaciers, permafrost and snow cover in Central Asia, threatening the livelihood of millions of people in the region. Nature spoke with Qin Dahe, a glaciologist at the Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute in Lanzhou and co-chairman of Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the International Symposium on Changing Cryosphere, Water Availability and Sustainable Development in Central Asia held last week in Urumqi, China, where he gave un update on the IPCC’s work. Qin tells Nature how the panel is working to ensure scientific rigor in the upcoming assessment report, and what the world must do to tackle global warming. …

Given the deadlock of recent rounds of climate negotiation, what must the world do to limit and mitigate climate change?

Despite uncertainties, one thing is absolutely clear: global warming is real and poses a significant threat to civilizations worldwide, and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases can mitigate the problem. The process of climate negotiation has been frustratingly slow, but it’s encouraging that the world has committed to a goal of keeping temperature increases to less than 2 ºC. Both developed and developing countries must work together to share the obligation of emissions reduction. We must act now. This is our moral responsibility towards future generations.”

More (Click here), Jane Qiu, 20 October 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2011.604

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2 Responses to Climate action a ‘moral responsibility’

  1. sm longbottom says:

    Moral obligation or not, it’s too late: we’re past the point of recovery. The deniers and our commitment to economic expansion have stalled our corrective action.

    • Alan Burke says:

      Unfortunately I fear that you are probably right. The governments of Canada and the USA in particular are showing gross irresponsibility with their inaction, driven in large part by ultra-right-wing ideology, religious fanaticism and greedy vested financial interests, and having been seduced by the “Merchants of Doubt“.

      See my essay Merchant of Doubt S. Fred Singer for an overview of that propaganda campaign.

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