National Academies call for 50% CO2 cut

The National Academies of 13 countries told the leaders of the biggest polluting countries that “immediate large-scale mitigation action is required.”

While objections have been raised by a few people (well, one person anyway) to these leading scientific groups inserting themselves into the climate debate, the rest of us should be glad they are counseling the world — especially their own countries — toward sanity. The statement is clear on what actions will be needed:

The transition to a low carbon society requires: setting standards; designing economic instruments and promoting energy efficiency across all sectors; encouraging changes in individual behaviour; strengthening technology transfer to enable leapfrogging to cleaner and more efficient technologies; and investing strongly in carbon-removing technologies and low-carbon energy resources: nuclear power, solar energy, hydroelectricity and other renewable energy sources.

The 13 countries urging immediate action to cut global emissions in half are

  1. Brazil
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. India
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Mexico
  10. Russia
  11. South Africa
  12. United Kingdom
  13. United States