Environment, Weather

UN Report Says Fossil Fuel Usage Must Decrease Now

Climate change will lead to extreme heat if left unchecked. (c) 2018 Ryan Golde

Listen here to learn about the United Nations report on climate change.

Audio Transcript: Climate Change Report Wrap Transcript

By Ryan Golde SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The United Nations climate change group released a report that said “unprecedented changes” are needed to battle global warming.

The International Panel on Climate Change said that countries need to immediately reduce the emissions of fossil fuels and increase the amount of clean energy used.

It also said this trend must be in full swing worldwide within 20 years.

This report said that changes would greatly limit widespread water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and extreme heat.

Syracuse University Professor Tom Perreault said that he does not think the report will change the way the United States deals with limiting climate change.

“Unless we have major change, in sort of policy direction in the United States and a lot of parts in the world,” Professor Perreault said. “I don’t think this particular report is going to make a lot of difference.”

This report was requested by the UN after the Paris Agreement was crafted in 2015. Only one country, the United States, did not accept the agreement.

Professor Perreault also said that he thinks there are things that the United States government can do to make a difference. Namely, he talked about a carbon tax that would “influence peoples’ consumption of gasoline, of oil, by making it more expensive.”