UN panel calls for climate change 'enlightenment'

 

The head of the United Nations panel on climate change is pressing governments to "exercise a high level of enlightenment" to reconcile differences over how to mitigate global warming.

Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Rejendra Pachauri told governments and scientists on Monday that their goal during the week-long meeting in Berlin is to form a "robust, policy-relevant and informative document," The Associated Press reports. The policy will be aimed at keeping the global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

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To keep temperature increases down, experts say greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by 40 percent to 70 percent by 2050. There are stark contrasts, however, between nations on how to best achieve emissions cuts.

During the panels' meeting in Berlin this week, they will follow up on a report released late last month. Now, the climate panel will focus on what to do about the threat of global warming. 

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