The latest reporton the state of the climate was released in Copenhagen on Sunday November 2nd by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is the work of thousands of scientists and was agreed after negotiations by the world’s governments. It is the first IPCC report since 2007 to bring together all aspects of tackling climate change and for the first time states: that it is economically affordable; that carbon emissions will ultimately have to fall to zero; and that global poverty can only be reduced by halting global warming. The report also makes clear that carbon emissions, mainly from burning coal, oil and gas, are currently rising to record levels, not falling.
Naturally change is needed at all levels and attention will be focused on international agreements. However the report also states that behavioural changes, such as dietary changes like eating less meat, can have a role in cutting emissions. Actions need to be taken at the macro level between governments and in introducing new technology and energy sources. However we can help the process by adapting our behaviour and creating demand for climate friendly goods and services.