Overcoming the impacts of climate change remains “the global challenge of our time,” a top oil and gas industry spokesperson said Tuesday. 

American Petroleum Institute (API) spokesperson Bethany Aronhalt told NGI that the oil and gas industry is working to combat the rise in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created by the United Nations (UN), issued a dire assessment on the state of the planet on Monday. The compilation overseen by 234 scientific experts made clear that man-made GHG emissions pose an existential threat to Earth. Scientists drew from decades of meteorological observations, computer modeling and geological records. 

“Unless we make immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas...