Aim for carbon-neutral 2050, 'Elders' group says

Jan 24, 2014
A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant in New Eagle, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 2013

A panel of senior statesmen known as the Elders on Friday called for renewed efforts to conclude a world climate pact by the end of 2015 and appealed for a "carbon-neutral" planet by 2050.

"Given the compelling weight of evidence, it can be hard to understand why anyone is still dragging his or her feet on the coordinated action needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," the group said in a statement.

"Every year the world fails to act brings us closer to the tipping point when scientists fear that may become irreversible.

"This is a terrible gamble with the future of the planet and with life itself."

It urged momentum at UN climate talks where countries are struggling over a pact to roll back and channel aid to climate-vulnerable poor nations.

The negotiations, scheduled to wrap up in Paris in December 2015, are supposed to align with a goal of limiting warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial times—a target that scientists say will be hugely overshot on present trends.

"This is a decisive year," the Elders said, referring to a special summit in September called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon aimed at easing some of the roadblocks in the talks.

The Elders said the road from 2015 should lead to a "carbon-neutral world" by 2050, meaning no more man-made would be added to Earth's atmosphere by mid-century.

"No one wants the generations to come to say that we failed them," they said.

Founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to promote peace and human rights, the Elders are chaired by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

Members include former US president Jimmy Carter, Nobel-winning South African prelate Desmond Tutu and former Algerian independence fighter-turned-mediator Lakhdar Brahimi.

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The Shootist
4 / 5 (4) Jan 24, 2014
"you can see the politicians eyes bulge out as they consider the taxes "Climate Change" will allow them to scare the people into accepting".

"I've been around the world and only stupid people are breeding" - Harvey Danger (and CM Kornbluth). Corollary: Only an idiot would follow algore.

The polar bears will be fine - Freeman Dyson
goracle
4 / 5 (4) Jan 24, 2014
"you can see the politicians eyes bulge out as they consider the taxes "Climate Change" will allow them to scare the people into accepting".

"I've been around the world and only stupid people are breeding" - Harvey Danger (and CM Kornbluth). Corollary: Only an idiot would follow algore.

The polar bears will be fine - Freeman Dyson

Talking point regurgitation is clearly not extinct.
Skepticus
not rated yet Jan 25, 2014
History will be repeated again. Mankind never learns and change until his nose is bloodied. Whether it will be on time or too late, time will tell.
Protoplasmix
not rated yet Jan 25, 2014
A panel of senior statesmen known as the Elders on Friday called for renewed efforts to conclude a world climate pact by the end of 2015 and appealed for a "carbon-neutral" planet by 2050.

There's at least one cheap and easy solution that has been characterized as 'SWEEEET!':
C6H10O5 (aq) + 7 H2O (ℓ) --ec-> 12 H2 (g) + 7 CO2 (g)
ec = enzymatic cocktail, composed of cell-free, immobilized enzymes in a process termed, "SyPaB—synthetic pathway biotransformation". See "Renewable Hydrogen Carrier—Carbohydrate: Constructing the Carbon-Neutral Carbohydrate Economy": http://www.mdpi.c.../4/2/254
And in a related Phys.org article on the energy-dense sugar battery, see: http://phys.org/n...ery.html
Howhot
not rated yet Jan 29, 2014
From the sugar battery ref above;
.. that utilize a series of enzymes mixed together in combinations not found in nature. He has published articles on creating edible starch from non-food plants...
It sounds like they have found the recipe for SOYLENT ORANGE, the predecessor to SOYLENT GREEN!!!! AYEEEE!