Continuing scepticism about climate change in some parts of the world threatens the planet and the people on it, according to Rajendra K. Pachauri, chief of the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
“I think global society has to realise that we are affecting the climate of this planet and this is the only planet that we have,” he said in Bangkok Friday at the Southeast Asia launch of the IPCC special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters
While scepticism about climate change continues in some parts of the world – particularly the United States – “some facts, which are incontrovertible need to be accepted by the public,” he urged.
He said he believes the upcoming Rio+20 sustainability conference in June will lead to new agreements that could help shift the world onto a path of more sustainable development. But he warned the highly touted event should be seen as one step, not a climax of such efforts.
“We must realise that if we want any earth-shaking developments to take place, they’re not going to take place overnight in one single event,” he said.
“You really have to embark on a process of evolution, a process of understanding and education and I expect Rio+20 will be able to do. I see this as the start of a process rather than a culmination,” he added.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, released last November, lays out scenarios about how much weather may change depending on whether climate-changing emissions are curbed significantly, or not at all.