UN demonstrates urgency to meet climate target: Japan News

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TOKYO (THE JAPAN NEWS/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations expert group, has released a report on measures to mitigate global warming.

The report says emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must start falling by 2025 to avoid the severe effects of global warming. He called for increased efforts in various sectors, including power generation, transportation and manufacturing.

The international objective is to keep global warming to less than 1.5 C compared to the pre-industrial era. Arguably, the report reflects a strong sense of urgency regarding the delays in implementing measures against global warming.

In separate reports published so far, the IPCC has warned that if global warming continues at this rate, temperatures will rise by more than 1.5°C over the next 20 years, and measures to mitigate the impact of climate change should not be effective. .

In response, the latest report said the ability to meet the strict target will depend on results in the next few years. Japan must step up its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through measures such as expanding the use of renewable energy and restarting nuclear reactors as soon as possible.

Japan should contribute to global reductions, for example by supporting developing countries with technologies to absorb and store carbon dioxide.

However, the global energy situation has recently changed drastically due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Measures against global warming have tended to run into difficulties due to the intersecting interests of countries.

Conflicts between nations have become increasingly complicated as Western nations step up efforts to move away from fossil fuels produced in Russia under their economic sanctions against Moscow.

A stable supply of cheap electricity is the foundation of industrial competitiveness and people’s livelihoods. Going forward, it is important to discuss the issue of global warming from different angles, including energy security and economic costs.

In Japan, last month, an energy warning was issued for the first time regarding the balance between supply and demand in regions such as Kanto and Tohoku, due to the suspension of the activities of some thermal power plants. caused by an earthquake in the Tohoku region and a sharp drop in temperature. Ensuring a stable energy supply is a top priority for Japan due to its low energy self-sufficiency.

There is a need to regularly promote decarbonization efforts while paying attention to securing the oil and natural gas needed in the immediate future. Global warming is an important issue that has a significant impact on the future of humanity.

It is essential to seize this opportunity to advance the discussions on measures against global warming that have taken place around the world through measures such as promoting the development of sectors such as renewable energies and technologies. energy saving.

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