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Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) releases statement on IPCC Report

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Today, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance Executive released a statement on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the planet’s future. Accordingly, NIA Director Judi Greenwald issued the statement on the release.

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The release by NIA

“In fact, today’s release of the latest scientific consensus on the threat of climate change underscores the urgency of rapid mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the Working Group’s findings based on observations and science describe the continued and growing dangers that climate change poses to human health. Also to national economies, and the global environment.”

Further, NIA Director added that “the continued trajectory in emissions and projections for near-term warming indicate the world is in danger; specifically, of missing international climate goals unless the energy transition is accelerated.”

Therefore, Greenwald noted that NIA needs “to pursue all promising solutions to maximize our chances of avoiding the worst consequences of climate change. Thus, advanced reactors can substantially contribute to the decarbonization of the power and non-power sectors. Accordingly, NIA will redouble our efforts to help commercialize advanced reactors in time to meet our climate goals. Finally, NIA acknowledges the hard work of the IPCC and thanks to its contributing authors.” 

In fact, and it is worth noting, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a sober assessment of our planet’s future. Thus, their report is the first significant review of the science of climate change since 2013.

Release

Besides, IPCC’s release comes less than three months before a critical climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26. Thus, and according to Prof Ed Hawkins, from the University of Reading, UK; and also, one of the report’s authors, the scientists cannot be any clearer on this point.

Indeed, “it is a statement of fact, we cannot be any more certain; therefore, it is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet.”

Similarly, Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, said; “By using sports terms, one could say the atmosphere has been exposed to doping; which in fact means we have begun observing extremes more often than before.”

Lastly, the authors say that since 1970, global surface have temperatures increased faster than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. Therefore, this warming is “already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe.”

Finally, whether it’s heatwaves like the ones recently experienced in Greece and western North America; or floods like those in Germany and China; “their attribution to human influence has strengthened” over the past decade.

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