Scott Morrison Isn't Worried Enough About UN Report On Climate Change

Audrey Hill
October 10, 2018

"The next few years are probably the most important in our history", said Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC working group that addresses impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, in the statement. Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use.

The report, which was authored by 91 scientists and review editors from 40 countries, cites over 6,000 scientific references, and represents the work of thousands of experts and government employees.

"There is also required by a legal duty under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 for local plans to have robust climate change mitigation policies, and the Greater Norwich Local Plan must have the toughest possible policies to support tackling this global crisis". At the current rate of warming, the world as a whole will reach the 1.5° mark between 2030 and 2052, the report concludes. Per the IPCC, humans need to slash carbon output to 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and to straight-up zero by 2050. Paris was itself based on the former 2 degree Celsius threshold. "Consequently, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is projected to reduce risks to marine biodiversity, fisheries, and ecosystems, and their functions and services to humans, as illustrated by recent changes to Arctic sea ice and warm water coral reef ecosystems".

The world has only a few years left to deal with climate change - or face blistering heat waves, rising seas and a 'shocking rise in hunger, ' a United Nations report has warned.

This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air.

"They need to take collaborative and coordinated action, if we're actually ging to achieve a goal of 1.5 degrees warming".

A spokeswoman for the state department said the U.S. is "leading the world in providing affordable, abundant, and secure energy to our citizens, while protecting the environment and reducing emissions through job-creating innovation".

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Harald Winkler‚ director of the Research Energy Centre at UCT‚ said limiting warming to 1.5ºC would require "changes on an unprecedented scale and pace".

"Any credible pathway to meeting the 1.5 degree scenario must focus on emissions rather than fuel", Katie Warrick, interim chief executive officer of the WCA, said after reviewing a draft of the report. Scientists acknowledged that some set of actions could require a trade-off with sustainable development (a proxy word used for sustainable growth, poverty eradication and better living standards for the poor).

One key fact was that by the year 2100, global sea level rise would be as much as 10 cm lower with with an increase of 1.5°C compared to 2°C.

This target was long considered the threshold for the most risky effects of climate change, including the mass destruction of coral reefs, widespread food shortages, destructive wildfires and coastal flooding. The planet is already two-thirds of the way there, with global temperatures having warmed about 1°C above pre-industrial levels. "We are already putting all our efforts to ensure that the global temperature does not further increase". According to a new stark United Nations report, though, the world is running out of time and only has about 11 years until shit really starts to go down.

"The US is pretty much on target to reach its (climate) targets at least in the short-term - the market is driving this", said McCarthy, who ran the EPA under Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, from 2013 to 2017. According to scientific predictions laid out in the report, this amount of warming would likely make extremely hot days both more common and more severe, thus increasing the incidence of forest fires and heat-related deaths.

Professor Piers Forster, of the University of Leeds and a lead author of the emissions chapter of the report, told DeSmog all paths to 1.5°C "require deep decarbonization of electricity generation". When the next climate talks happen this December, the new report is created to give governments the incentive to go much further, faster.

Coal power would also need to be reduced to nearly nothing.

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