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The IPCC as an organization is prohibited from making specific policy prescriptions -- confining itself to the science of climate change -- but the most recent IPCC report did say that 450ppm should be the absolute limit for atmospheric CO2 concentrations to prevent catastrophic climate change. However, IPCC chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri has just told AFP that personally he supports the more stringent benchmark of 350ppm:AFP asked Dr Pachauri about the ongoing calls from poor nations of the world for stronger mid-term emissions cuts from rich nations, and whether 350ppm was a more appropriate target for governments to set. He responded:
As chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), I cannot take a position because we do not make recommendations, but as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target.
Things Will Be Worse Than We Originally Anticipated
Pachauri went on to say that keeping global average temperature rise to 1.5°C, rather than the more commonly touted 2°C, would be "a good development."
He added, from what I can gather commenting on efforts from the developing world to hold develop countries to stronger emissions reduction targets,
Now people -- including some scientists -- see the seriousness of the impacts of climate change, and the fact that things are going to get substantially worse than what we had anticipated.
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