ECU atmospheric professor weighs in on new climate change report

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This means no more Carbon dioxide should be put out than is being removed by current measures, such as planting trees.

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

This change will not happen, however, unless leaders in politics and business put their money where their mouth is and finally deliver the billions of dollars needed to make the transition to a green economy.

"We're particularly concerned about the implications for coral reefs, with the report finding climate change will impact reefs across the world, including Australia", Ms Price said.

As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. The Paris agreement committed to limit warming to well below 2 degrees, and pursue the even harder goal to limit it to 1.5 degrees.

Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report, which contains 6,000 scientific references.

"There were doubts if we would be able to differentiate impacts set at 1.5C and that came so clearly".

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The Kigali Amendment, by avoiding the equivalent of up to 90 billion tonnes of Carbon dioxide by 2050, could be "perhaps the single most significant contribution to keeping warming well below 2C, aiming for the still safer 1.5 C", Zaelke told the Guardian. The limited temperature increase would result in the saving of at least some of the world's coral reefs, a key ecosystem supporting global fisheries.

- Half as many people would suffer from lack of water. The 1.5 was at the urging of vulnerable countries that called 2 degrees a death sentence. Currently, however, the world is on track to see between 2.7 and 3.4 degrees of warming, the IPCC has said. It could prevent as many as 2.5 million square kilometers of permafrost from melting over the long term. China has signed on to the Paris accord and it's prodding companies that do business in the country to help Beijing meet tougher emissions targets.

However, they warn that the Liberal government's approach will undermine Canada's economic competitiveness and saddle consumers with higher costs. One recent report calculated the benefits at $26 trillion.

Greenpeace's Kaisa Kosonen summed up why the report matters: "Scientists might want to write in capital letters, "ACT NOW IDIOTS", but they need to say that with facts and numbers".

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". We also will need to rely on carbon removal-whether that's as low-tech as planting trees or using new technology like direct air capture that can suck CO2 from the atmosphere. 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. "Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations sustainable development goals". "Each year that the global economy fails to decarbonize at the required rate, the two-degree goal becomes more hard to achieve". This latest report shows that the need for action is more urgent than ever. "However, time is running out, so we must capitalize and build on the solutions available today". "But I would say the biggest obstacle really is political will".

"It's really disappointing. It's a real failure that the USA government isn't helping people understand there's a train coming down the track fast at us and we need to get out of the way".

That could reduce flooding and give the people that inhabit the world's coasts, islands and river deltas time to adapt to climate change.


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