What Latest Assessment On Global Warming Means for Southern Africa

Jo Lloyd
October 11, 2018

The NSW Minerals Council likewise said coal had "very positive" future in the state, with strong demand from traditional and emerging export markets, a spokesman said.

"By keeping temperatures below 1.5˚C, climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth will be reduced". Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), a climate change skeptic, said of the actions urged by the report. At 2 C, everything from melting sea ice to droughts, famines and floods will be significantly worse than at 1.5 C, the report says.

"Natural gas flaring and leaks are wasteful, pollute the air we breathe, and undermine our best efforts to grapple with climate change", he said, calling for "significant" investments in clean, efficient energy production.

"We should be doing everything we can", said Natalie Mahowald, a climate scientist at Cornell University and lead author of the report's first chapter.

The good news is that it is still possible to prevent the world from warming over 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Scott allegedly made the seas warmer by supporting Trump's decision to "unilaterally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, [banning] the use of the phrases "global warming" and "climate change" from state documents, websites and office discussions and approved Florida's so-called 'anti-science law, ' which critics say was aimed at allowing legal challenges to the teaching of the realities of climate change and global warming in the state's classrooms".

The Senate GOP majority, likely to remain in effect after November's elections, is dominated by lawmakers skeptical of human-caused climate change, such as Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

That nexus in reality is so powerful that it has potential to transform the global pathways for action on climate change.

In an article on The Conversation, Matthew Adams, principal lecturer in psychology, argues that "collective action" is the most effective way of tackling global warming. Under the 2-degree scenario - which the report estimates would boost sea-level rise by as much as 36 inches - the number rises to 80 million. Hoesung Lee, chairman of the IPCC, emphasized that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celcius (ºC) would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. This group of scientists is known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a direct arm of the United Nations. "We expect by 2050 that there'll be more like 30 days per summer when the temperature gets above 90". He published two papers with other researchers in recent years to show that the "preindustrial" baseline used for the report should not be based on late 19th-century data.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA has rapidly moved to eliminate policies aimed at reducing the nation's carbon footprint ― even as other top emitters of carbon dioxide like China have taken steps to curb emissions.

The Labor party has capitalised on the IPCC report and used it to demonstrate the their view that the Coalition isn't unified on its' approach to climate change and that more conservative elements of the party are undermining the Government's ability to put forward sensible policy in regards to emissions reduction. "Việt Nam hopes that all countries, especially developed ones, and other organisations fully take their due responsibility", Dũng said.

"We expect to see more extreme rainfall events, and potentially more intense rainfall events, we've seen that this year". These include the new European Union 2030 renewable energy target of 32%, the new energy efficiency target of 32.5%, the reform of the European Union emission trading system, the emission reduction targets in sectors falling outside the scope of ETS and the integration of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the EU's climate and energy framework, the Council said.

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