United Nations Climate Report Warns Miami Basically Screwed

United Nations Climate Report Warns Miami Basically Screwed

The report laid out how the changes to climate, environment and human life would be less devastating and risky if the global temperature rise is contained at below 1.5 degree instead of 2 degree Celsius - the existing primary goal of the Paris Agreement.

Lowering emissions to this degree, while technically possible, would require widespread changes in energy, industry, buildings, transportation and cities, the report says. Temperatures would be 1.5C higher between 2030 and 2052 if the world continued at its current pace, it warned. Scientists attribute the temperature rises and extreme weather mainly to greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas.

The IPCC report doesn't list country-wise impacts. "If action is not taken it will take the planet into an unprecedented climate future". Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020. Experts say meeting that target is critical not only for the environment, but also to safeguard poor and vulnerable communities on the frontline of the climate threat.

If we fail to meet this objective and global temperatures rise by even a mere half a degree Celsius more to 2°C (3.6°F), the effects on our planet are expected to be devastating.

"1.5 degrees is the new 2 degrees", Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, told The Washington Post after attending the finalisation of the IPCC report in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.

Average global temperatures are now 1C above pre-industrial levels, and are likely to increase 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 under current trajectories, the report says.

"Climate change is significantly contributing to increased heat-related mortality", Times of India quoted the report as saying.

According to the latest study, the half-degree difference can have a huge impact.

Sea level rises would be 10cm lower with a 1.5C temperature rise compared to 2C by 2100, while there would be worse impacts on coral reefs and the Arctic at higher temperatures.

Curtis says if things don't change the consequences of global warming could even hurt our economy here in North Carolina by affecting things like tourism if rainfall and flooding continue to damage areas like our coast.

"The next few years are probably the most important in our history", said Debra Roberts, an IPCC co-chair. In addition, IPCC scientists ensure any amendments are consistent with the scientific evidence.

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The Special Report on Global Warming 1.5C, known as SR15, was produced by the Intergovernmental Panel in Climate Change report, a United Nations consortium of researchers studying the speed and scope of temperature rise caused by humans.

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".

The summary backed the use of carbon pricing, and said governments needed to make a decisive shift towards renewable energy.

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

Temperatures are now on track to rise 3 degrees Celsius by 2100.

The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

Their concerns meant a pledge to pursue efforts to limit temperature rises to 1.5C was included - after tough negotiations - alongside the commitment to keep them "well below" 2C in the global Paris climate agreement in 2015.

The report fired up activists even as critics dismissed the deadline as another arbitrary "climate tipping point", as Climate Depot's Marc Morano put it.

A new assessment published by the UN's climate change panel yesterday had some striking words of warning to the global population, particularly when it comes to the limiting of global warming by a further 0.5°C than what had initially been mentioned back in December 2015.

The frontrunner in Brazil's presidential election, the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, has also indicated he will withdraw the South American country from the accord.

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