We only have 5 years to avoid severe global warming, says International Energy Agency

Agence France-Presse (AFP), citing warning issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), reports that "the world has only five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events."

Agence France-Presse (AFP), citing the warning issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), reports that "the world has only five years to avoid being trapped in a scenario of perilous climate change and extreme weather events."

 

In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the IEA pointed out that "rising fossil energy use will lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climate change." The IEA added that "the door to 2.0 C is closing," referring to the 2.0 Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) cap on global warming that is "widely accepted by scientists and governments as the ceiling for averting unmanageable climate damage."

 

The agency suggested that governments "must engineer a shift away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels." IEA chief economist Fatih Birol said: "As each year passes without clear signals to drive investment in clean energy, the ’lock-in’ of high-carbon infrastructure is making it harder and more expensive to meet our energy security and climate goals."

 

For more on this story, read the AFP article.

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