Climate Change Report Warns We Need To Act NOW

A view of the Bayswater coal-fired power station in the Hunter Valley

"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. "What could go wrong?"

The Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its gloomy report at a meeting in Incheon, South Korea.

The report takes a worldwide look at the growing impacts of climate change. The world will find out the degree to which Hurricane Michael was, provably, a climate change-fueled catastrophe in coming weeks and months.

But the report warns that "the effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development". Billed in the media as "life changing", the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5℃ warming will affect the planet, and how hard it will be to avoid overshooting this target.

"We have no more time for complacency or delay".

Meanwhile, humankind continues to pump heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at a tragically self-destructive rate. At 1.5℃ of global warming, Namibia and Botswana can expect roughly 20 more days of heat stress exposure in a year. Hoesung Lee, chairman of the IPCC, emphasized that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius (ºC) would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.

- And it just may be enough to save most of the world's coral reefs from dying. Under the 1-degree scenario, up to 69 million people will be newly exposed to flooding.

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There is threat that beyond rise of 1.5 deg C, humanity would enter the era of irreversible change.

Please don't dismiss all of this as just another boring compendium of carefully hedged facts and figures. While both of them were defining pieces of news of our times, many missed the unmistakable and potent link between the two. As we outlined last week, the initiative would put a fee on carbon starting in 2020 at $15 per metric ton, and is expected to collect $2.3 billion in its first five years, according to the state Office of Financial Management.

"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1ºC global warming through more extreme weather and rising sea levels among other changes", said Panmao Zhai, Co-chair of IPCC Working Group I.

But as Jamie Henn, co-founder and the program director for the global climate group 350.org, stated in a tweet on Tuesday, the "scariest thing about the IPCC Report" is the fact that "it's the watered down, consensus version".

President Donald Trump's administration has chose to freeze federal standards for fuel efficiency, which would increase greenhouse gas emissions. "Việt Nam hopes that all countries, especially developed ones, and other organisations fully take their due responsibility", Dũng said. For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2ºC.

US carbon emissions actually fell slightly in 2017, due to the expansion of the renewable energy sector. This is the script that the United States, and particularly President Trump, is the environmental Darth Vader here.

The report is arguably the biggest talking point in the world today. It involves designing any new buildings to be super-efficient, then adding renewable energy on-site and then offsetting any remaining emissions out of the project budget. However, scientists and climate change researchers were quick to vocalize their doubts about the cap and how effective and practical it would be. their goal felt so unattainable that they proposed a second cap, aiming to stall the rise in temperature at 2 degrees Celsius, (3.6 Fahrenheit). It was the United States. "I'm not the president of the globe", Trump thundered at a recent rally.

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