The report leaked to some major press outlets came out just a few days ago, and says because nations have imperiled their populations with inaction, that the future may look very different as humans adapt to climate change. The report came from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is a United Nations panel of experts. The IPCC panel won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. http://www.ipcc.ch/
U.N. IPPC panel says 15 years of failure to implement recommendations has made the problems almost impossible to solve with current technologies.
“A delay would most likely force future generations to develop the ability to suck greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and store them underground to preserve the livability of the planet,” the report findings state. One point is that the technologies don’t exist, and no one is sure if they will ever exist. The report says the technologies would be vastly expensive compared to taking some steps now.
Recommendations include a shift to clean energy and a move away from fossil fuels such as coal. The report says the façade of a move to clean energy exists in the use of solar power and wind power, but booming nations like China are exploding in their use of coal. The report also said the use of nuclear energy, which is considered low-carbon energy, is actually on the decline in the total power use worldwide.
If nations continue to have high emissions into 2030, it may be impossible to keep greenhouse gas emissions under 500 parts per million. The levels tested worldwide are already 400 part per million and predicted to reach 500ppm by 2040 or 2050. The report says if action is not taken now, future generations will have to develop technologies to pull greenhouse gases out of the air. Bioenergy crops that use up carbon dioxide, burn the fuel, and inject the emissions into underground formations could be part of the solution. The problem with that solution is that it will compete with food production, which is already strained at the current world population.