Dec 7, 2013
Criticisms of the 5th IPCC Report
Posted on Sep 28, 2013
By Climate News Network
Quamrul Chowdhury is a lead climate negotiator for the Least Developed Countries at the talks held by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“The first part of AR 5 has just reconfirmed what the Least Developed Countries have been arguing at the UN climate negotiations for the last couple of years. Global carbon emissions need to be cut deeply and urgently. This IPCC report asks all of us to act fast, act in a more robust way, act together, act all over the world. The developed countries must take the lead – cut back their carbon emissions quickly and deeply, support concrete adaptation in the developing countries, specifically in the LDCs, SIDS [small island developing states] and African countries affected by drought, flooding and desertification. I earnestly hope this report will help raise the political will of the developed countries to strike a deal in Warsaw at [the next UNFCCC talks in November] so that in Paris [at the climate talks] in 2015 the world can reach a new legally binding, fair and ambitious agreement to solve the global climate crisis.”
Nick Robins is head of the Climate Partnership at HSBC.
“The IPCC report provides firmer foundations for policy action. For the world’s capital markets, climate change is an issue of strategic risk management – and by continuing to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we are putting the weather on steroids. We know that temperatures continue to warm and that impacts are fully in line with what we would expect from a warming world, including rising sea levels and melting glaciers. And this is affecting economies today. Our research shows that India, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil are the G-20 nations that are most vulnerable to climate risks. We expect the succession of IPCC reports into 2014 to provide a renewed impetus to policy and business action through to the finalization of negotiations in December 2015.”
“When a body like the IPCC concludes that with 95% certainty mankind is causing climate change we would be foolish not to listen. And yet we are still not listening closely enough. The transition to a low carbon economy and a more climate-resilient society cannot be thought of as options, they are necessities. Swiss Re is committed to playing its role in tackling climate change, and we have just reinforced this by announcing we will join an initiative that pledges companies to source 100% of their energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.”
Mindy Lubber is president of Ceres, a US-based organisation which presses for greater sustainability and environmental awareness in the business sector.
“The IPCC report’s conclusion is unequivocal – climate change is happening and it’s disrupting all aspects of the global economy, including supply chains, commodity markets and the entire insurance industry. Business momentum is growing to innovate new strategies and products to manage climate risks and opportunities. But scaling these efforts to levels that will slow warming trends will require stronger carbon-reducing policies globally.”
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