Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed

Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we’re doomed

In 2015, when the nations of the world agreed to the historic Paris climate agreement, they set dual goals: 2 degrees C and a more demanding target of 1.5 degrees C from pre-industrial times.

Is It A Big Deal?

Very - the report calls for "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". While nascent and not conclusive in its findings-two of the reasons you won't find it referenced in the IPCC report-the study warned that humanity may be just 1°C away from creating a series of dynamic feedback loops that could push the world into a climate scenario not seen since the dawn of the Helocene Period, almost 12,000 years ago.

In December this year, Paris Agreement signatories will gather once more at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland to review their progress.

With the current global warming of 1ºC, the world is facing extreme weather changes, rising sea level, melting Arctic sea ice and many more changes.

The U.N. group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, shared the Nobel peace prize with Al Gore in 2007 for its work to share information about climate change.

"The next few years are probably the most important in our history", she added.

How Can Cuts Be Achieved?

Per the IPCC, humans need to slash carbon output to 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and to straight-up zero by 2050.

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

The report recommends that renewable energy supplies between 70 and 85 per cent of electricity globally by 2050.

Coal power plants aren't going to disappear as a result of individuals ticking off their climate checklists. But even a 1.5°C rise in temperature will be threatening to India.

The IPCC report makes clear for the first time that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees requires cutting short-lived super climate pollutions-black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons-along with carbon dioxide, as well as learning how to pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at scale.

The world is already facing the consequences of global warming. Global sea levels rose 17cm in the 20th century.

Society would have to enact "unprecedented" changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions, as well as the loss of species, a United Nations report said yesterday. The impacts of 1.5°C of warming and the possible development pathways by which the world could get there are its main focus.

What's more, even a 1.5 C rise could create a "tipping point" situation that could cause further sea level rises, create shifts in monsoons in Asia and Africa, and even stop the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

The lower target would also reduce species loss and extinction and the impact on terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, the report said. And, we have certain areas in the world, which are extremely sensitive.

The report says that carbon will have to be sucked out of the air by machines and stored underground, and that these devices exist already.

Morrison says, 'Let's not forget Australia accounts for just over 1% of global emissions. We can't find any historical analogies for it.

Gillian Robinson, a spokesperson for the BC LNG Alliance, which represents seven LNG proponents in B.C., argued that liquefied natural gas developed in B.C. has climate benefits when viewed from a global perspective. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation.

And, of course, Trump has been trying to slash carbon regulations instead of strengthening them.

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