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The targets are likely to be missed even if ambitious plans to roll-out electric vehicles and other ‘greener' transport measures are achieved

The targets are likely to be missed even if ambitious plans to roll-out electric vehicles and other ‘greener' transport measures are achieved

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The targets are likely to be missed even if ambitious plans to roll-out electric vehicles and other ‘greener' transport measures are achieved

THE latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which is the collective endeavour of hundreds of scientists, confirmed what we already knew: the world faces a serious and urgent challenge to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

One new message came through: it is not the economics that prevents us from acting. The IPPC found that the additional cost of making the necessary investments would shave only a tiny fraction off annual global economic growth. This is based on the assumption that investing in low-carbon technologies is slightly more expensive in some cases over the lifetime of the investment, at least for now.


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