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National Academy of Sciences Releases Report Stressing Need for Immediate Action to Reduce GHGs and to Prepare and Adapt for Impact of Climate Change (May 12, 2011)

posted May 18, 2011, 1:55 PM by James Hodina
The National Research Council of the National  Academy of Sciences released a climate change report warning that the risk of 
dangerous climate change impacts is growing with every ton of GHG emitted into  the atmosphere.  The report is the final one in a series requested by Congress, 
entitled  America’s Climate Choices.  The new report confirms that the  preponderance of scientific evidence points to human-caused emissions of GHGs 
as the most likely cause for climate change, as the trend cannot be explained by  natural factors.  Substantial reductions in GHG emissions should be “among the 
highest priorities in the national response,” said  the scientists who wrote the  report.  While state and local actions to reduce GHG emissions are potentially 
quite significant, according to the authors, they are not likely to yield as much reductions as a coordinated national response would.  The authors say the most 
efficient way to accelerate emissions reductions is through a nationally uniform price on GHG emissions with a price trajectory sufficient to spur investments in 
energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies.  The  authors also deemed the  risks of sticking to "business as usual" to be a much greater concern than the risks 
associated with a strong response.  Finally, while aggressive efforts to cut GHG emissions will help mitigate the impacts of climate change, they will not be 
sufficient to avert global warming, so the U.S. needs to mobilize now to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts.  [For further information: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12781] 
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