Ministers and representatives from 22 countries met this past week in Mexico to discuss the importance of reducing non-CO2 causes of limate change as a way to halt the process more quickly. Addressing the meeting, UN Environment Program (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner stated that while experts have warned that temperature increases by 2050 could reach a dangerous level of 4 degrees Celsius, his agency's esearch indicates clearly that even with more diligent efforts, reductions in CO2 would not be sufficient to avoid such a temperature increase.
This is due in part to the fact that CO2 can persist in the atmosphere for centuries, with its heat-trapping effect also persisting. Scientists are thus recommending reductions in the potent SLCF pollutants ozone, black carbon and methane, all of which dissipate from the atmosphere very quickly.
He stated, "(This) fast action might help keep a temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and perhaps 1.5 degrees." UNEP chief Steiner went on to also point that decreasing methane emissions would also result in a corresponding reduction of ozone.
Our appreciation, UNEP chief Steiner and other representatives, for your efforts to promote faster actions in halting climate change. May we act quickly and in greater harmony with nature to sustain all life on our shared planetary home.
During a June 2011 videoconference in Mexico, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the common source of the major short-lived climate forcers and thus the simplest way to apply the scientists' recommended solution.
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