Monday, December 14, 2009

40% reduction by 2020 is the real deal

        For many small island states, reducing emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2020, is not a matter of negotiation but a matter of survival.

         Old targets, at one time considered ambitious, called for a stabilization of both CO₂ levels, at 450 parts per million, and average global temperature rise, at 2 degrees Celsius.

        Many small island states and least developed countries call those targets suicidal.

A Stabilization of CO₂ levels at 350 ppm (well below current CO₂ levels in our atmosphere) is the new target for climate scientists and activists who are serious about mitigating climate change.

       40% cuts in green house gas emissions is what it will take to drop CO₂ levels to 350 ppm and save low island countries from being washed away.

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