Canada's goals well below what's needed to stop catastrophic climate change

11 October, 2018, 22:56 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • Animated chart showing that most of the coldest 10 years compared to the 20th century average were in the early 1900s while the warmest years have all been since 2000 with 2018 on course to be the fourth warmest year on record

"By keeping temperatures below 1.5˚C, climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth will be reduced".

The scientific report confirms the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground to achieve 1.5ºC and demonstrates that it is feasible, if the world takes urgent action.

UNDP Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Specialist Jenty Kirsch-Wood said there is at least US$10 billion of Foreign Direct Investment available to support Việt Nam's transition to cleaner energy and energy saving if current barriers blocking such investment are lifted. "And a lot of these changes that we've seen are consistent with what this report is saying is likely, and what the global models are saying is likely to occur".

Basically, at that level of warming - as measured as the Earth's average temperature compared with pre-industrial levels - up to 90% of tropical coral reefs could die, Arctic warming could cause multiple feet of sea level rise and yields of key crops would drop.

According to the scientists who authored the report, the impact on such a scale as predicted could come with as high as a $54 trillion price tag.

"We don't need to consume as much as we have in the world", she said. "So, even for regions or components of the climate system for which the difference between 1.5° and 2° doesn't represent a big threshold or tipping point, the impacts of climate change get considerably bigger".

The progressively serious climate impacts at 1.5 and 2.0℃ in these countries demands concerted action, both locally and internationally. He once threw a snowball on the Senate floor in an attempt to prove that global warming is nothing more than a hoax.




Together with the ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, Vietnam has issued a plan for the implementation of the document, with a focus on implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), Thanh said.

"Atoll communities will suffer as sea levels rise, but there will be hope that the ocean will stabilise".

Ramanathan said the report also takes solid research, such as his finding that 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming could be reached by 2030 to 2035, and downplays it in favor of being overly cautious. At 1.5℃ of global warming, Namibia and Botswana can expect roughly 20 more days of heat stress exposure in a year.

Canberra also insists it is on target to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement, which attempts to unite every nation under a single accord to tackle climate change for the first time ever. The near impossible time lines like: the world needs to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 from the 2010 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, virtually all of the coal plants and gasoline-burning vehicles on the planet would need to be quickly replaced with zero-carbon alternatives in next two decades at the latest are shattering.

Under President Donald Trump, the US has rapidly moved to eliminate policies aimed at reducing the nation's carbon footprint ― even as other top emitters of carbon dioxide like China have taken steps to curb emissions. That makes the company the fourth major U.S. coal supplier to file for bankruptcy in recent years due to the significant decline in coal use. We want to have developed, tested and be practicing the shovel-ready solutions that others will look for when they are also ready to act.

The Australian government has rejected calls from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to phase out coal-fired power by 2050.

It impacts everyone, which is what has been happening for the past few years.

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