Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Australian gov't rejects landmark UN climate change report

Australian gov't rejects landmark UN climate change report

"The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, is out".

The letter comes as an IPCC special report on the impact of global warming has highlighted that the world is completely off track on keeping the temperature rise under 1.5 degrees C.

Evidence in the new report, which saw a team of 91 scientists from over 40 countries analyzing over 6,000 scientific studies, shows that the future is much bleaker than once thought.

"We need the political leadership and the decisive action".

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

IPCC Chair Prof. Hoesung Lee speaks at the dialogue. Even a 1.5C increase in global temperature will have severe local impacts, ushering in intensified and longer droughts and many more heatwaves.

Bringing the full force of renewables power production to bear on a "faster, further" global energy transition will also be China's lead to take, underpinned by a world-beating wind and solar fleet, 168.5GW and 130.06GW, respectively at the last count.


Released Sunday, the report warned that the world is rapidly running out of time to scale back greenhouse gas emissions before catastrophic planetary changes occur.

At the White House, Trump said he has not read it yet. These systems consist of ecosystems and societies which have narrow spatial ranges which face firm climate constraints, and which have endemic species or other distinctive features which can not be replicated. "Climate change is already affecting people, livelihood and ecosystems all around the world".

In a hotter, drier future there will be less domestic water available. Today at only 1.1° of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, with poor small-scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most.

Conservationists argue Australia is doing too little to protect itself from the predicted ravages of a shifting climate. That change has contributed to sea level rise, the melting of Arctic sea ice, coral bleaching of ocean reefs and ocean acidification.

Australia, the planet's biggest coal exporter and the fourth biggest producer, won't stop using coal to power the generators that produce its electricity. This chapter also notes that glacier melt will contribute to the decrease in salinity in seawater, particularly at high latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere (section 3.3.10, Ocean Chemistry). The overarching conclusion is that every fraction of a degree of warming matters. But they are not spread uniformly across the globe, and different parts of the world experience impacts differently.

His Labor colleague Anthony Albanese says science, a transition plan for affected workers and job opportunities in the renewable sector should be central to policy. Since glaciers are a "critical resource" for tourism, they might affect this sector, though the report notes "limited analyses of projected risks associated with 1.5° versus 2°C are available".

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