On May 4 this year in Bangkok, the Working Group III achieved agreement on the content of the fourth Action Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is an important milestone as this report is supported by many members of the United Nations. There is a “summary for policy makers” available, that has many concrete mitigations for Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
I have in the table below assembled a selection of possible measures to reduce GHG and grouped them in three categories: reduction of energy needs, alternative energy sources and using the help of natural resources. Three more columns are added that indicate who or what plays a major role to accomplish the measures to be taken: the individual citizen or the governments or whether new technology is needed to get the job done.
We conclude that a major role is with the governments (that may be bad news knowing how slow these guys are). They can for instance work with tax breaks in the category of reduction of energy needs. But, and let’s not forget, there are also quite some actions implementable by our selves! And, yes we will need from time to time perhaps some new technology as well. This new technology can come from initiatives started by corporations or from governments (or a combination).
The good news from the Action Report is that we can certainly do something about Global Warming but that time is running out on us.
© Copyright 2007, John E.J. Schmitz