Act now on climate change, says new IPCC report

India has to internalise climate considerations into development planning

Updated - November 16, 2021 05:53 pm IST

Published - November 03, 2014 02:44 am IST - NEW DELHI:

Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R.K. Pachauri on Sunday said the window of action on tackling climate change was closing rapidly and warned that the path of inaction would be more costly than the path of action.

Speaking at the launch of the IPCC’s Synthesis Report in Copenhagen, he said the scientific community had done its job and was in a sense passing on the baton to politicians and decision-makers. The Synthesis Report points to the human influence on climate but also points out that there were means to limit climate change and build a sustainable future. He said the global community must look at the numbers in this report and bring about change. “There is no Plan B because there is no planet B,” he said to questions.

“The Report tells us that we need to tackle climate change with a combination of adaptation and mitigation,” he added.

Navroz K, Dubash, one of it lead authors, said for India, keeping the pressure on for global mitigation was also key.

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