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News Picks : UN study warns of rising carbon emissions

By: Physics Today
17 January 2014
New York Times: Despite efforts to take advantage of greener forms of energy, such as solar, wind, and nuclear, the use of fossil fuels continues to grow and exacerbate attempts to counter global warming, according to the third and final installment of a major report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Although a draft was leaked to several news sources, the final version is not due to be published until April. In the report, UN climate experts also warn that at the rate at which carbon emissions are growing, carbon capture and sequestration may be required to ensure the planet remains livable. They also say that developing CCS technology down the road will ultimately prove much more expensive than taking steps to slow carbon emissions now. The issue of the rising economic costs of climate change will be taken up next week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

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