Can Renewable Energy help stall the Climate Change
We often ask “Do we really need to switch over to renewable energy sources, like solar energy or Hydro-Electric ?”
Burning of Fossil Fuels is causing damage to our environment as well as precipitating an irreversible climate change, the biggest ever study of the available science concluded in a report. A panel convened by a United Nations Body at Copenhagen recently stated in its report that the rising global temperatures poses a high risk of widespread harm, including floods, drought, extinction of species and ocean acidification, if the trend for increasing carbon emissions continues. “We must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly disruptive outcomes,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon told reporters in Copenhagen. “If we continue business-as- usual, our opportunity to keep temperature rises below” the internationally agreed target of 2 degrees Celsius, “will slip away within the next decades,” he said.
The Panel also observed that-
The report is designed to guide the policy makers in formulating laws that will curb greenhouse gases by promoting the use of renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.
“We need to get to zero emissions by the end of this century” to keep global warming below dangerous levels, Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research Institute, outside Berlin, and a co-author of the report, said in a telephone interview. “This requires a huge transformation, but it doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice economic growth.