UN report offers solutions to reduce emissions and tackle climate change

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GENEVA (April 4, 2022) – “Through our observations, birds tell us that every habitat type is experiencing climate threats,” said Sarah Rose, vice president of climate at the National Audubon Society. “This urgent report affirms that we still have the power to mitigate some of the worst consequences, but only if we take immediate action. It is up to us to work together to preserve a cleaner future for all living things.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) deals with how to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing emissions and slowing the rate of global temperature increase. The report from the IPCC – the UN organization responsible for monitoring and responding to climate change – was preceded by two additional reports which respectively established the extent of climate change and offered suggestions on how to deal with it. adapt to climate change.

Today’s report says we have the technology and the know-how to potentially halve emissions by 2030, but despite recent progress, we lack the time to make meaningful change. The report examines methods for reducing emissions across all sectors, including energy, transport, agriculture, arable land, urban spaces and rural development. The report further calls for all mitigation efforts to take into account the cultural and social contexts of the communities most affected, particularly low-income communities and countries that bear the brunt of climate change despite the fact that most emissions are created by the richest countries.

“Increased action must start this year, not next year; this month, not next month; and indeed today, not tomorrow,” Inger Andersen, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, said when the report was released. “Otherwise, as the UN Secretary General has said, we will continue to sleepwalk towards climate catastrophe.”

In a 2019 report, the National Audubon Society found that two-thirds of North American bird species are at increasing risk of extinction due to rising global temperatures. Maintaining this rise at 1.5 degrees Celsius will reduce this risk. Reducing emissions, with the ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, is key to achieving this goal.

“We know what we need to do to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we just need the will to act,” Rose said. “It’s a question that transcends politics, origins and geography. It is in our collective interest to meet the challenge before us by investing in renewable energy, natural climate solutions to carbon storage and other measures that maintain and restore our vital resources.

Last year, Audubon published a report showing that some of the best landscapes for naturally storing carbon are also important for the survival of birds. Maintain and restore these climatic strongholds are essential for reducing emissions and conserving wildlife. Additional measures, such as conservation ranching and increased access to responsibly sited wind and solar energy, will also help fend off the worst effects of climate change.

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Contact: Robyn Shepherd, robyn.shepherd@audubon.org,

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