Takeaways from the UN's Startling Climate Report

Takeaways from the UN's Startling Climate Report

The country recently faced one of the most serious droughts and water crises in its history as the City of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay approached "Day Zero" and as the Highveld was without water for 2016.

It is still possible to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the WMO official continued, "but we should change many things how we run our everyday business today". Will governments see the value of the effort they pledged at the Paris climate summit and enact a transition, which the IPCC concludes can be done, to a net zero economy? "Extreme weather is becoming more common".

Limiting global warming will require "far-reaching and unprecedented changes" to human behaviour, according to the panel.

For instance, by 2100, global sea level rise would be 10cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C. This will have catastrophic effects on water scarcity, global food production, and nearly entirely wipe out global coral reef systems. The governments take climate change very seriously these days, but they worry that too much frankness about the cost in lives of going past 1.5 C will create irresistible pressure on them to take radical action now.

Those would be changes of a scale that people would readily accept if they faced an imminent invasion by Nazis or Martians - but changes they are less willing to make when their whole environment is at risk.

The Earth's average temperature is increasing.

But the report shows there is hope.

Science has spoken in detail about climate change. "This will, however, require an vast worldwide effort and collaboration". "We must meet the Paris commitments to bend the emissions curve by 2020". "We need to shift the story away from the individual towards what we can achieve together". Florida is a state that is expected to be heavily affected by rising sea levels expected with global warming. That means we are already within that temperature range and any one event, would signal a new level of impact. The previous IPCC assessment, released in 2014, estimated that the world would breach 1.5 °C by the early 2020s at the current rate of emissions.

"The IPCC report reinforces the case for divestment, and will increase pressure on institutions still invested in fossil-fuel companies".

Because it is the first time economists have provided the practical and evidence based trigger to take action on climate change. They have "medium confidence" that there will be more extreme storms in areas such as high-elevation regions, eastern Asia and eastern North America. Yachts lie dry with dead fish visible on the parched bed of the dam.

In other words, Australia has the capacity to be a renewable energy superpower. "This is inconsistent with our Paris Accord goals".

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The objective of recognizing the terrifying predictions is not to instill fear, however, climate campaigners and advocates for bold solutions say. "The government likes to justify the continuing use of coal on its supposed "priority" for addressing poverty and inequality".

The principles of equity relate to responsibilities and a country's capabilities to address its contribution to climate.

This week's report from worldwide scientists was stark and urgent.

The new report tells us that human activity has already caused about 1℃ of global warming, while at the present rate of warming (0.2℃ per decade) we'll hit 1.5℃ by about 2040.

Hugo says South Africa's peak, plateau and decline trajectory and NDC have been found to be hopelessly inadequate.

These proposed power stations -Thabametsi and Khanyisa - are mired in multiple legal challenges and will be among the most greenhouse gas emission and water-intensive plants in the world. "Within a few generations he is burning the fossil fuels that slowly accumulated in the earth over the past 500 million years".

In response to the IPCC report released this week, U.S. Sen.

The radical transformation also would mean that, in a world projected to have over 2 billion more people by 2050, large swaths of land used to produce food would instead have to be converted to growing trees that store carbon and crops designated for energy use. We need to be in the operating room rather than the hallway. The moment to start mainstreaming climate resilience into public, private and community sectors has arrived.

Looking forward, China is expected to overtake the United States and become the world's largest economy by 2040.

He said "I have read portions of the report and it's spot on". Economists are now poised to be at the core of the climate change negotiations.

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