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27 September 2013 14:38

Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate last decade warmer than any other

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As a “wake up call” and “alarm” call politicians and scientists the new IPCC report on climate change. Environmentalists see the next federal government has an obligation to do more against global warming. Angela Merkel has already responded.

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard sees the report of the IPCC as a wake-up call. “If your doctor is sure that 95 percent that you are suffering from a serious illness, would you look immediately after a treatment.” It would not matter whether you believe in climate change or not. “It’s about whether you stick to the science or not,” Hedegaard said in a statement released in Brussels. With the number of them was related to the security experts have stated that the IPCC for their assumptions.

“On the day on which all scientists warn you with one hundred percent certainty about climate change, it will be too late.” Europe will continue to lead the fight against climate change, Hedegaard assured. By the end of the year, the EU Commission will make further proposals for climate protection and energy saving targets for the year 2030. “Europe will continue to demand more action from all polluters,” she said.

According to the latest report of the IPCC, sea level will rise much faster than previously thought. At worst, it increases up to the end of this century by 82 centimeters. And even if the climate would be significantly strengthened, there were at least 26 centimeters. The temperatures on earth could – starting from the period 1986 to 2005 – until the end of this century rise by 0.3 to 4.8 degrees


the head of the UN climate secretariat Christiana Figueres, described the IPCC report as a “wake up call for the world.” The report shows that there is more clarity about a human-generated climate change than ever before. “Past efforts to limit global warming was not enough.”

from the perspective of the Kiel researcher Mojib Latif is the report “a very clear signal to the world.” “There is a great need for political action to finally agree on the climate conferences,” the scientist from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research after a conference in Hamburg said. Finally, the international community had already geenigt to limit global warming to two degrees. The World Climate Report shows that this is theoretically still possible with dedicated global climate.

“We must move away from the harmful burning of coal and oil,” says Greenpeace climate expert Karsten Smid in Hamburg. But some countries, such as Russia, would do as if it were a second world. A reduction in carbon dioxide emissions also calls for the German Nature Conservation (DNR) by the new federal government. Angela Merkel (CDU) had to be air-Chancellor again, said DNR President Hartmut Vogt man.

“The report will drive the Chancellor”

The Chancellor government spokesman Steffen Seibert According responded. The report will be “the Chancellor of course – as in the past – to drive, to make an ambitious climate policy,” Seibert said in Berlin. “This is a central concern of the Federal Chancellor and the Federal Government, and that it will remain so.”

Angela Merkel had played as Federal Minister for the Environment 1997, a major role in the development of the Kyoto Protocol, with the most UN member states committed themselves to the goal of protecting the climate. Even as Chancellor, she was a driving force in the agreement that global warming should not exceed two degrees. Last year, the carbon dioxide emissions in Germany is, however, still increased by about two percent.

Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), told a press conference in Berlin, the new world climate report is a call for a determined political action. The goal to limit global warming to two degrees is to achieve only with the right decisions. Even in a coalition agreement is likely to play an important role in the issue. “We must continue to set ambitious national climate change targets.” At the same time everything must be done to reach a binding international agreement at the climate summit in 2015 in Paris.

Hubert Weiger, chairman of the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), criticized the last government had woefully neglected climate change. A new federal government would do everything to make the European Community as a whole on the international stage again playing a pioneering role in climate protection. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had set the climate center of its policies again.

“to avoid extreme weather, floods, droughts, famines and large flows of refugees, especially the industrialized countries must act immediately. Longer Wait for all is very, very expensive” Weigert said. “If the most responsible for climate change, industrialized countries and major emerging economies now also go on as before, they put the lives of millions of people at risk.”

“This is bad news for the planet,” said Sven Harmeling, coordinator of climate policy at Care International, the IPCC report. For the poorest of the poor climate change is a long bitter reality, although they would contribute the least to it, Harmeling said. Care must apply in its poverty reduction programs have long methods that prepare people for the already significant impact of climate change: “In Niger, farmers have to find new sources of income, for the rearing of cattle is due to increased and prolonged droughts impossible,” said Harmeling. And Peru could no longer count on seasonal glacial water for farming communities in the highlands of the Andes. Also there were the bitter consequences of hunger and poverty.


warn the evangelical relief organization Bread for the World and German watch from the devastating consequences of climate change for both million coastal residents as well as for food security. “Here is a practical large-scale experiment with the oceans and its creatures instead,” said Christoph Bals from German Watch.

“If the sea level rises by one meter would be affected in Bangladesh alone as one of the poorest countries in more than 30 million people affected by flooding. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people at risk,” said Sabine Minninger, climate expert from Bread for the world.

would be added an immense and possibly much more immediate threat to the world food by the acidification of the oceans, because fish is one of the main sources of animal protein in developing countries.

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