Mitigation of Climate Change

IPCC Working Group III Contribution to AR5

Concluding four years of intense scientific collaboration by hundreds of authors from around the world, this report responds to the request of the world's governments for a comprehensive, objective and policy neutral assessment of the current scientific knowledge on mitigating climate change. The report has been extensively reviewed by experts and governments to ensure quality and comprehensiveness. The quintessence of this work, the Summary for Policymakers, has been approved line by line by member governments at the 12th Session of IPCC WG III in Berlin, Germany (7-11 April 2014).

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Working Group III of the IPCC assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements. This documentary provides insights into the making of the report and it's main findings.

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Using Solar Panels to Combat Climate Change

The development of solar energy in our society has taken a great impulse thanks to the governments' motivation to fight climate change before it's too late.

According to the 2018 Fourth National Assessment report from the US Global Change Research Program, it is estimated that in order to stop the ongoing effects of global warming, the US needs to cut down its carbon emissions at 45% by 2030 and reduce them to zero by 2050.

One of the main drivers of carbon emissions are fossil electricity generators. Huge coal, petroleum and natural gas power plants that expel greenhouse gases to the atmosphere represent an important share of carbon dioxide contributors.

Solar panels have the advantage of being a clean source of energy that can be used to offset the electricity generated from fossil fuels. Also, using solar panels has other environmental advantages.

First, the modules do not need to expel greenhouse gases to generate electricity. The process is made through an energy conversion process at the molecular level and does not involve any combustion that could lead to carbon emissions.

Besides, the solar panels can also be recycled. Raw materials like glass and aluminum can be recovered to be used in the manufacturing of new modules. Other components like copper, silicon, silver, gold, indium, gallium, and cadmium can also be recycled to serve other purposes, although in fewer amounts.

Finally, another important detail is that solar panels can work up to 30 years with 25 years of guaranteed performance. This assures affordability and reduction in the amount of solar panels that need to be manufactured to supply the energy needs of power plants over time.

Choose to go solar to save the planet and achieve huge savings in electricity!