13 May '11, 12am

National Academy calls on nation to "substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions" starting ASAP

National Academy calls on nation to "substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions" starting ASAP

The faster emissions are reduced, the lower the risks posed by climate change…. Waiting for unacceptable impacts to occur before taking action is imprudent because the effects of greenhouse gas emissions do not fully manifest themselves for decades and, once manifested, many of these changes will persist for hundreds or even thousands of years. The sooner that serious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions proceed, the less pressure there will be to make steeper (and thus likely more expensive) emission reductions later. The United States and the rest of the world are currently making major investments in new energy infrastructure that will largely determine the trajectory of emissions for decades to come. Getting the relevant incentives and policies in place as soon as possible will provide crucial guidance for these investment decisions. In the committee’s judgment, ...

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/12/national-academy-am...

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