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Published on : Jun 04, 2015

The petrochemicals industry in the Gulf is working on steps to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, one of the key factors to combat climate change worldwide, as commented by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), on the forthcoming World Environment Day.

The reasons are clear, greenhouse gas emissions are leading to global warming, as commented by Secretary General of GPCA. If emissions are not curbed, the impact will be disastrous, he further added.

As per research performed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with the current rate of emissions of greenhouse gasses, it is highly likely for global warming to be above 2° Celsius, the level which is above the target as agreed pertaining to the UN’s Copenhagen Accord (2009).

Emissions that are not checked, may not only heat the planet but will also have catastrophic effects on agriculture and sea levels. As per the World Bank, an increase of 2° in coastal cities could rise the lead the sea levels to rise up to 0.5 meters. This could result in millions of people to be displaced, and damages worth billions of dollars. 

In the Arabian Gulf, rising temperatures indicate that the region will experience more heat and dry weather conditions, and more people to suffer from water scarcity.

To tackle such questions, international meet on climate changes regularly looks upon imposing compulsory caps on GHG emissions. The forthcoming meeting in Paris, Conference of Parties (COP 2015), which is scheduled for December, will include discussions on universal statues on climate change problems, which will include legal agreement for participants to abide to.