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Nobel Winner: Fight Climate Change, or Else

Monday, 28 Sep 2009 08:18 PM

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Measures to fight climate change would cost little, and they are necessary immediately or the cost to humanity will be huge, Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri told Newsmax.TV.

Pachauri, head of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, delivered that message to world leaders at the G-20 summit at the U.N. last week. After speaking at the summit, he told Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter during an interview that carbon emissions are destroying the world's climate.

"We don’t have the luxury of time," Pachauri said. "The impacts of climate change are going to become progressively worse. The cost of taking action is minimal or negligible, and the world has to move on (that). Otherwise we're going to create impacts of climate change on the poorest, most unfortunate communities in the world."

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The problem includes ethical, social, and political dimensions that humankind can't ignore, said Pachauri, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore in 2007.

"Let's move on with reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, moving away from use of fossil fuels, improving energy efficiency, making investments in public transport and — more than anything else — also bringing about changes in lifestyles."

"We have to change our lifestyles. We can't continue wasting the Earth's natural resources the way we've been doing," said Pachauri, who also is director general of TERI, a research and policy organization in India.

Walter asked how he responds to critics who contend that human-induced global warming is a myth.

"Well, there’ll always be a few people who'll keep saying that," Pachauri said.

"There are some people who keep saying the Earth is flat. There is a society which exists even today called the Flat Earth Society. I mean this is a free society. People will always question the truth. They'll always question knowledge, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the scientific consensus."

Pachauri points to the work of 4,000 scientists in the IPCC whose research has been accepted and approved by the governments of the world.

"If one wants to whistle in the wind (and) speak a different language, it's a free world," Pachauri said. "Let them do that."

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