The Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), presented this morning in Stockholm confirms the dire threat posed by the effects of climate change, and makes it very clear that drastic measures must be taken. Commenting on the report, Reinhard Bütikofer MEP and Co-Chair of the European Green Party said:
After much hype, the Rio+20 conference failed to come even close to generating the sort of excitement and momentum that emerged from the first conference.This piece from Ecolo looks at what the conference produces,and asks what is next for the green movement.
Massive investment in clean, safe energy and energy savings are essentialand combating climate change is a win-win process. Renewables must be put at the centre of European energy policy for the 21st century: seriously scaling up renewable energy will cut dependence on dirty fossil fuels, avoid the persistent problems of nuclear and create millions of jobs in the EU alone.
The EGP regrets the outcome of the UNFCCC climate summit (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009, which fell far below even the modest expectations. The main outcome of the conference, the Copenhagen Accord, was merely taken note of by the conference, reflecting its lack of ambition and the exclusive process by which it was agreed.
The irresponsible behaviour of those member states occurred on the same day that a new report from the highly respected ngo WWF revealed that climate change is accelerating at a quicker rate than previously predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) .