Green Economy: Preparing For The Threats Of Climate Change

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Updated April 4, 2014

earthfileOn Monday, March 31, 2014, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report saying that much of the world remains unprepared for the mounting threats of the changing climate.

Eight is the number of “key risks” that the IPCC feels “are identified with high confidence, span sectors and regions.”

The world today faces two main problems: the economy and the environment. Some would suggest these 2 issues go hand-in-hand. What can be done here in Nigeria to avoid being victims of the predicted doom?

Almost 200 governments have agreed to limit warming to less than 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, mainly by curbing emissions from burning fossil fuels. Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 Celsius.

The Green Economy is people deciding to walk rather than drive to work, to buy local food and a more fuel-efficient car. It is business owners choosing to fill their inventories from sustainable sources and manufacturers choosing to dispose of their waste products responsibly. It is politicians making the hard choices that favour the long term interests of future generations over the immediate wishes of lobbyists.

The 2014 report, by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to help governments prepare a deal to cut rising greenhouse gas emissions, mainly by shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energies.

Greening the economy is our focus on this edition of Earthfile.