Climate change has ‘already passed the danger point’, say environmental experts

November 14th, 2007 - 1:55 am ICT by admin  
Scientist and Australian of the Year Tim Flannery says a Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report to be adopted in November shows the world passed a danger point in 2005, a decade earlier than expected.

“As of mid-2005 there was about 455 parts per million of what’s called carbon dioxide equivalent, and that’s a figure that’s gathered by taking the potential of all 30 greenhouse gases and converting them into carbon dioxide potential,” Flannery told ABC Television.

Flannery said the report should drive political debate on climate change.

The Independent Climate Institute said the world could only avoid dangerous effects of global warming if the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were rapidly reduced.

“The longer we stay above the kind of levels we’re at at the moment the more likely it is that we would start to see the loss of the Great Barrier Reef, you would actually start see the collapse of the great ice sheets and places like the Amazon starting to burn down,” policy director Erwin Jackson said.

“It’s really up to Australian and US policy makers to take this on board and actually get behind the Kyoto framework because that’s the only effective response that we’ve actually got. We can’t wait to try and renegotiate another agreement, the climate just doesn’t allow us another 10 years,” Jackson was quoted by, as saying.

The Australian Greens said the level of gases noted in the synthesis report had the potential to produce long-term catastrophic weather changes, sea level rises, food shortages and mass human migration. Greens leader Bob Brown said the findings highlighted Prime Minister John Howard’s lack of action during his time in office. (ANI)

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