IPCC Releases Its Report On Climate Change
UN Panel Urges Action On Climate Change
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that says moving from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind and solar would only cut 0.06 percentage point a year off world economic growth.
The IPCC has called for “large-scale changes in the global energy system” to avert further damage to the environment.
“Leaked drafts of that document showed the biggest reason for the rising emissions is the higher energy needs resulting from population growth and expanding economies in the developing world, mainly in China and other large countries. However, diagrams that illustrated that were deleted by governments in the final version that was adopted at a weeklong IPCC session in Berlin,” reports The Washington Post.
Ottmar Edenhofer, IPCC co-chair, said that while its not costless or that “climate policy is a free lunch. But it’s a lunch worthwhile to buy.”
The IPCC report is the third and final part of a massive United Nations series, updating science for the first time since 2007. A summary of findings will be issued in October.
Is Japan’s Democracy Being Weakened By Prime Minister?
Takanori Sonoda of the East Asia Forum asks whether Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is weakening his country’s democratic institutions by seeking to change the provision in Japan’s constitution pertaining to “collective self-defence” and restrictions on Japan’s use of military forces to defend itself.
“Abe has commissioned a Council on Security and Defense Capabilities to develop a proposal for a new interpretation of Article 9. He will seek approval from his cabinet members once the council develops a proposal. But there has been strong opposition — even from his own Liberal Democratic Party members and his coalition party — over concerns that if his approach establishes a precedent, any future prime minister can come up with a new interpretation without changing the Constitution,” he writes.
In Syria, Charges Of Using Chemical Weapons Come From Both Sides
The government of Bashir al Assad and opposition forces both claimed the other used poison gas during attacks on the village of Kfar Zeita, a village in Hama province about 125 miles north of Damascus.