Politicians must act to end climate change, U.N. panel says

04/14/2014 11:30 AM

04/15/2014 6:47 PM

The good news is that it’s not too late for governments to act to reduce fossil fuel use to improve the environment.

That was one of the findings of a United Nations panel on climate change. It said that only an intensive effort in the next 15 years could bring greenhouse gases under control.

Without action the temperature of the planet could rise as much as 4.8 degrees by 2100. Some solutions include improving energy efficiency, reducing smoke-stack and auto emissions, ending subsidies on fossil fuels and boosting green energy use.

Climate change currently is causing an increase in violent weather, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels, resulting in flooding in low-lying areas.

Two problems the U.N. panel will have will be convincing naysayers that climate change is bad and getting worse. Another is that many conservatives automatically discount anything the United Nations does.

Getting Congress to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, end subsidies on fossil fuels, improve energy efficiency and promote green energy will be beyond difficult. But it has to happen for the sake of the planet.

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