Friday, 19 October, 2018

Climate Report Warns Of Extreme Weather, Displacement Of Millions Without Action

Lovelyn Cesar 22 carries her one year old baby Matthew as she cross a flooded street in a suburb of Manila after two histor Act Now, Idiots: Everything You Need To Know About The UN Climate Change Report
Sherry Houston | 12 October, 2018, 00:33

The corresponding October 8, 2018 IPCC "Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C approved by governments" press release lays out report findings, perhaps the most important of which is: "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment".

The report says the rate of warming caused by human activities is speeding up and that global emissions would need to fall by 45% by 2030 - twice as fast as previously envisaged.

The world has reached a fork in the road with two paths ahead: a planet that's 2°C warmer than pre-industrial levels and a planet that's 1.5°C warmer. Today at only 1.1 degrees of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, [i] with poor small-scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most. Because I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren't so good.

The report, that took 3 years to create and included 91 authors from 40 countries, says the planet will reach the crucial threshold of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels as early as 2040.

The report was prepared at the request of governments when the global pact to tackle climate change was agreed in Paris almost three years ago.

The report unequivocally states that climate-related risks are larger if global warming exceeds 1.5º C, even if it gradually stabilises at 1.5º C by the end of the century. Any additional emissions would require removing Carbon dioxide from the air.

The IPCC report noted the world is rapidly losing any chance to limit average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees, though there is still a theoretical chance if the political will existed.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event to release a report on "Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India", jointly prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, and the World Bank.

Keeping the rise in temperature to 1.5C would mean sea levels by 2100 would be 10cm lower than if the warming was 2C, the likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once a century rather than at least once a decade, and coral reefs would decline by between 70 and 90 percent instead of being virtually wiped out.

Jim Skea, co-chair of IPCC Working Group III, summed up the task at hand when he said: "Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics, but doing so would require unprecedented changes".

It also lays out courses of action that could be taken to keep the rise in check.

Scientists predict that any higher than 1.5°C and the effects will be irreversible.

When water heats up, it expands meaning when oceans likely continue to rise, the IPCC says, we can expect the oceans to rise between 28 to 98cm by 2100, enough to swamp numerous cities along the USA east coast.

- It will require a huge ramp-up in renewables so they generate 70-85% of electricity supplies by 2050, while coal power's share of the mix tumbles to nearly nothing.

The coalition government will not renew or replace the Renewable Energy Target when it lapses in 2020.

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

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