Climate at five minutes to midnight: IPCC head
GENEVA, Genève (AFP) - Humanity has pushed the world's climate system to the brink, leaving itself only scant time to act, the head of the UN's group of climate scientists said on Monday.
"We have five minutes before midnight," warned Dr Rajendra Pachauri, whose organisation will this month release the first volume of a new assessment of global warming and its impacts.
"We may utilise the gifts of nature just as we choose, but in our books the debits are always equal to the credits," Dr Pachauri told a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the environmental organisation Green Cross International, quoting fellow Indian Mahatma Gandhi.
"May I submit that humanity has completely ignored, disregarded and been totally indifferent to the debits? "Today we have the knowledge to be able to map out the debits and to understand what we have done to the condition of this planet," Dr Pachauri said.