IPCC Report: Global Warming May Reach Disastrous Levels by 2030

12 October, 2018, 12:27 | Author: Emmett Howard
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In its landmark report, the United Nations has warned that time is running out to avert disaster, adding that avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is "unprecedented in scale".

Colin Goodwin, technical director, BSRIA, said: "It is clear that unprecedented changes are needed to curb this catastrophic rise in global warming".

Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group 1, Panmao Zhai, said the report highlights how the world is "already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice".

Slowing the rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would involve "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", the report warns with socioeconomically disadvantaged areas likely to be disproportionately impacted.

Also, coral reefs would decline by 70-90 per cent with global warming of 1.5 degrees, while a two-degree increase would wipe them all out.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the report from Incheon, Republic of Korea, where for the past week, hundreds of scientists and government representatives have been poring over thousands of inputs to paint a picture of what could happen to the planet and its population with global warming of 1.5°C (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Currently, however, the world is on track to see between 2.7 and 3.4 degrees of warming, the IPCC has said.

Greenpeace India said with an ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, India can indeed help in keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, but at the same time India's needs to take a relook at its future energy investments in coal and oil. "It really reduces the impacts of climate change in very important ways", said Prof Jim Skea, who is a co-chair of the IPCC. Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or "overshoot" 1.5ºC would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove Carbon dioxide from the air to return global temperatures to below 1.5°C by 2100. Problematically, the effectiveness of the negative emissions techniques that would be relied upon in such a scenario is unproven on a large scale.

Pompeo says North Korea ready to let inspectors into missile, nuclear sites
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"It's a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now", Debra Roberts, cochair of a working group on the impacts of climate change, tells The Guardian. But a lower temperature increase would allow humanity more precious time with which to adapt to the adverse conditions presented by climate change. To prevent that, the world has to cut the amount of emissions released each year by 2030 so that they are no more than 55 per cent of what they were in 2010.

Taking the valuable input from the Report into account, the Commission will work to present in November an European Union strategy for long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Green Car Reports respectfully reminds its readers that the scientific validity of climate change is not a topic for debate in our comments.

Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius was released.

The authors say if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will reach a critical threshold of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels by 2040.

"The construction and property industry in the United Kingdom is an economic juggernaut, and our buildings account for approximately 30 per cent of carbon emissions".

"Any credible pathway to meeting the 1.5 degree scenario must focus on emissions rather than fuel", Katie Warrick, interim chief executive officer of the WCA, said after reviewing a draft of the report.


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