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German Scientists Call for ‘World Climate Bank’

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Wednesday, Sept 2, 2009

German climatologists are pushing for the creation of a “world climate bank” which would allow industrialized countries to purchase emission rights from less-developed nations. The revenues would enable poor countries to finance environmentally friendly economic development.

A new study by advisers to the German government has revealed that industrialized nations must radically reduce their CO2 emissions if they want to reach the internationally agreed target of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. The climatologists are proposing setting up a “world climate bank” to allow countries to trade emission rights.

According to the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Germany would have to halve its CO2 output compared to current levels by 2020 and cut emissions to zero by 2030 if it wants to remain on track. “These findings are as surprising as they are shocking,” WBGU executive Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said about the report, prepared ahead of December’s international climate summit in Copenhagen. The German government has up until now been planning much less ambitious cuts.

Climatic Imbalance

The WBGU scientists estimate that no more than 750 billion tons of CO2 can be emitted by all countries collectively between now and 2050 if there is to be a 67 percent chance of the 2-degree goal being met. The target was set at July’s G-8 summit in the Italian town of L’Aquila, where leading developed nations discussed measures to limit the effects of global warming.

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