U.N. climate panel head stresses energy security

The head of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Tuesday urged governments to work towards limiting emissions of greenhouse gases, saying the benefits included energy security, better health as a result of lower pollution, employment and higher agriculture output.

“I think it is now for governments to take a comprehensive view and irrespective whether there is a global deal or not on limiting the emissions of greenhouse gases, these co-benefits are attractive enough for governments to pursue on their own because they really are the objective and well-being of every society,” said Rajendra Pachauri, panel chair. He spoke at UN Headquarters.

“If we allow emissions to continue on a business as usual basis then the impact of climate change will become progressively more negative,” said Pachauri when he outlined the details of a panel report that said that renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind, biomass and hydropower could meet nearly 80 per cent of the world’s energy supplies by 2050.

Meanwhile, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed that new and renewable sources of energy are essential for meeting rising demand for energy, poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation.

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