Quoted in Tuesday's Guardian article about the dangers of ignoring potential tipping points, Nobel prize laureate Mario Molina, who shared the award for chemistry in 1995 for his work on ozone depletion, said: "The IPCC report demonstrates that it is still possible to keep the climate relatively safe, provided we muster an unprecedented level of cooperation, extraordinary speed and heroic scale of action".
Action in cities - which consume more than two-thirds of energy globally and account for about three-quarters of carbon emissions - are pivotal to meeting the target, said report author William Solecki, a professor at Hunter College-City University of NY. Unfortunately, the conclusions are grim, with many impacts looking close to what we used to associate with a 2.0 degree rise.
Even 1.5°C could result in irreversible impacts such as destabilising Greenland and Antarctic ice shields, the destruction of 90% of warm water corals, and severe problems for marine life, the Arctic and vulnerable populations. That kind of rise in temperature would increase food shortages and the severity and occurrences of wildfires. This country, therefore, should have a pronounced interest in achieving the Paris goal, as it is a pure question of survival.
They estimate that, if governments, businesses, and people focus on stemming carbon emissions, companies in renewable energy should benefit. Today's actions can protect our children for generations to come.
"The fossil fuel industry is knowingly causing the climate crisis". Climate apocalypse isn't too far away.
The principles of equity and fairness are no reason for any responsible government to increase emissions. We've seen increases in precipitation over the last 50 years.
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Leaders from countries such as Botswana and Namibia must continue pushing on the global stage for nations to make good on, and improve, their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. It contains the stories of 13 communities fighting on the frontlines of climate change: from young Pacific Islanders trying to stop the Adani mega-mine to fishermen communities in Africa battling against new coal plants; from the struggle to stop a very big gas pipeline among the olive groves of Southern Italy to the landowners and Native Americans putting solar panels on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.
In response to the IPCC report released this week, U.S. Sen.
Instead of reducing coal capacity from 39 to 34 gigawatts by 2030 - a relatively small reduction at a time when much more ambition is needed - the IRP should at least aim to halve coal capacity by 2030.
Coal now provides 60% of Australia's electricity, sustains 50 000 jobs and is the nation's biggest export. A transition from a coal reliant energy system might entail initial social and economic costs for people and families in coal regions such as Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
"All countries were engaged in the process, working together with scientists to co-produce a document they can use within their countries to inform policies", Ebi said. But the message of the IPCC report is also promising here: the transformation of the electricity sector to a 100% renewable energy supply is feasible, economically viable and will lead to even more jobs in the electricity sector. This is a time to use our fear as fuel: "because the report also makes clear that the worst effects of global warming can still be prevented, and the urgency of transformative change should excite and empower all of us who are fighting for justice anyway". At 1.5℃ of global warming, Namibia and Botswana can expect roughly 20 more days of heat stress exposure in a year.
The goal of recognizing the terrifying predictions is not to instill fear, however, climate campaigners and advocates for bold solutions say. The money will fund the group Americans for Carbon Dividends, formed this summer to lobby for a carbon tax plan developed by elder statesmen, Republicans James Baker III and George Shultz. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.