Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

No change in Qld after dire climate report

No change in Qld after dire climate report

According to a United Nations scientific panel on climate change, if world leaders, corporations and citizens don't unite and radically transform their behaviors regarding our planet, doomsday will be on our doorstep. The IPCC made a decision to write the report to shed light on the impact of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, and with the intention of increasing the response to climate change. 195 nations signed the accord in December 2015, which set the loose global goal of keeping the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. For instance, by 2100, the global sea level rise would be 10cm lower with global warming of 1.5ºC compared with 2ºC.

"The most important thing in that report is that electricity emissions have declined by 13.9 percent in the year to March 2018", she said.

"It feels good. We think we can work with what is contained in the report", she said.

Shouting America First slogans has allowed Trump to duck much of the reality of climate change.

As well, around the Mediterranean, freshwater availability will drop nearly twice as much at 2 C compared to 1.5 C warming - down 17 per cent versus nine per cent, according to the report.

To limit warming to the lower temperature goal, the world needs "rapid and far-reaching" changes in energy systems, land use, city and industrial design, transportation and building use, the report said. When they say they'll take action on climate change through other means, they're not admitting that those other actions will cost industry and taxpayers more than the carbon tax in the long run.

The colorful senator from Louisiana, a state regularly inundated by flooding from extreme weather events like hurricanes, scoffed at the scientists' recommendations to curb emissions as "fantasy" and "magical thinking".

"There is clearly need for a much higher ambition level to reach even a 2 degrees target, we are moving more toward 3 to 5 (degrees) at the moment", explained Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the WMO.

"With one and a half degrees of global warming, we might expect the arctic to be ice free once every hundred years or so, with substantial loss of ice in the other years as well, but perhaps not ice free", he said.

As well, there is a chance to save the coral reefs with 1.5 C warming, as opposed to no chance at 2 C, according to the report.

The report's authors projected that staying at or below 1.5 degrees Celsius will require slashing the world's greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 ― and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 ― targets that many GOP lawmakers brushed off as infeasible. Any additional emissions will require removing Carbon dioxide from the air. He said he'll certainly consider what the IPCC report has to say. Yet a year ago, according to the International Energy Agency, global emissions hit an all-time high.

Ahead of COP24, the European Union environment ministers on October 9 agreed their position on climate change. A key in this effort is to have solutions that are "shovel-ready" for when the climate change impacts become painful enough that the public willpower to act sweeps quickly onto the policy scene.

For Gutzler, who is among the scientists working on the next IPCC assessment, the main message New Mexicans should glean from the special report and others like it is that climate change isn't coming - it's already here.

"At 1.5 degrees, we will see the consequences of climate-related risks to our health, our livelihoods, our food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth", Penny Wong, Labor's acting spokeswoman for climate change, said.

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