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Climate change researcher warns ‘so-called superpowers’ against arguing with ‘the laws of physics’


A researcher and former deputy chair of a U.N.-backed panel on climate change warned top industrialized nations against disagreeing with a report detailing the dangers of climate change, contending that “so-called superpower” cannot argue with science.

Jean-Pascal Ypersele, a climatologist and professor at Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, told The Associated Press that countries should do everything possible to work towards the reports goal of reigning in carbon emissions by 2030, at which point scientists say damage to the climate will be irreversible unless urgent action has been taken.

{mosads}“Nobody, even the so-called superpowers, can negotiate with the laws of physics,” Ypersele told the AP.

Ypersele also said that the 2030 target for controlling carbon emissions and dramatically reducing the use of fossil fuels was non-negotiable.

“It’s a question of survival for a large part of humanity, and many other species,” he said.

The Trump administration last year announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement signed under the Obama administration, which called on signatories to reduce carbon emissions and expand the use of renewable fuels.

The U.S. joined other oil-producing nations over the weekend in refusing to “welcome” the landmark study from the U.N.’s climate panel, while releasing a statement saying that the report’s warnings had been “noted.”

“The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report,” the State Department said in a statement.


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