National Academies of Science of 13 countries call for 50% CO2 cut

The National Academies of 13 countries told the leaders of the biggest polluting countries that immediate large-scale mitigation action is required, and CO2 emissions need to be cut by 50%.

The transition to a low carbon society requires: setting standards; designing economic instruments and promoting energy efficiency across all sectors; encouraging changes in individual behaviour; strengthening technology transfer to enable leapfrogging to cleaner and more efficient technologies; and investing strongly in carbon-removing technologies and low-carbon energy resources: nuclear power, solar energy, hydroelectricity and other renewable energy sources.

The 13 countries urging immediate action to cut global emissions in half are:

  1. Brazil
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. France
  5. Germany
  6. India
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Mexico
  10. Russia
  11. South Africa
  12. United Kingdom
  13. United States

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