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9 Ways We Can Prevent the Worst: Draft IPCC Report Details Steps to Slow Global Warming

By Terrell Johnson
Published: April 10, 2014

Working Group III: Mitigating Climate Change

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Slowing down and eventually stopping emissions of industrial greenhouse gases into the atmosphere won't happen quickly or easily, a U.N. panel on climate change acknowledges in the third and final installment of its latest report, which is set to be released this weekend.

But the world must make progress as rapidly as possible toward that goal, the panel adds, because the fate of many human societies around the world – the health and quality of life of hundreds of millions of people – quite literally lies in the balance.

The panel, known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, assembled a raft of recommendations on how to stave off the worst impacts of climate change with its latest report, officially titled "Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change," the final version of which will be released early Sunday in a live news conference from Germany.

Sunday's release follows the report's first two installments, published last September and in March, which laid out the evidence for the science behind human-caused global warming as well as its impacts if man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions aren't reduced in a meaningful way.

Weather.com saw a leaked draft of the latest report, the WGIII Summary for Policymakers, which recommends big changes to how the world powers its transportation and electricity generation industries – the source of most human-produced GHGs – as well as promising technologies that could help fight climate change.

On the following pages are a condensed version of the IPCC's recommendations, the most important things nations need to do in the coming decades.


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