UN Puts $2.4 Trillion Annual Price Tag On Mitigating Climate Change

10 October, 2018, 08:59 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • CLIMATE GOALS

"Global warming is likely to reach 1.5 degrees C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate", the report states.

The special report on global warming by a United Nations body has set the tone for the upcoming climate conference in Poland where countries will now have to make efforts to align their pledges with the 1.5-degree celsius goal - a more stringent target than the existing agreement to limit average temperature rise within 2 degree celsius by 2100.

The IPCC met last week in Incheon, South Korea, to finalize the report, prepared at the request of governments in 2015 to assess the feasibility and importance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

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

The report released this week was written by 91 co-authors from 40 countries, cited more than 6,000 references and incorporated 42,000 comments from governments and experts.

A target was in place for the world to stop the global temperature rising more than 1.5C.

Asked about reports of the U.S. stand on the crucial report, AK Mehta, an additional secretary at the environment ministry, says, "India recognises climate change to be a real threat and we will do whatever we can in our own capacity".

"The New York Times: Why Half a Degree of Global Warming Is a Big Deal - "'If you're looking at this one region, which is already water-scarce today and sees a lot of political instability, half a degree makes a really big difference, ' said Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, the head of climate science and impacts at Climate Analytics and the lead author of that study.

It is thought that by 2100, global sea rise levels would be 10cm lower that if global warming were to be at 2C.

Unless action is taken, more extreme weather events are expected including winter storms and drought, with hundreds of millions of people put at risk of poverty and some small island states facing the prospect of being wiped out as sea levels rise.

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"The next few years are probably the most important in our history", said Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, in a statement.

"Keeping warming below 1.5C will be very, very hard", said Dessler.

Decoded from that gobbledygook is a straightforward ratification of what I've always said: the solution for every environmental problem is always massively more government control of people and resources.

They would require "rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including transport and buildings), and industrial systems", according to the report.

Carbon emissions need to reach "net zero" by 2050 and almost halve from 2010 levels by 2030. "The latter would be used as part of a now nonexistent program to get power from trees or plants and then bury the resulting carbon dioxide emissions in the ground, leading to a net subtraction of the gas from the air - bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS".

Still, Cleetus says that we have most of the technology we need to make the change.

These carbon dioxide scrubbing techniques would be particularly vital if the global temperature were to briefly peak above 1.5°C before being wrestled back down below the target by the end of the century. Problematically, the effectiveness of the negative emissions techniques that would be relied upon in such a scenario is unproven on a large scale.

In addition to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the report recommended carbon dioxide removal measures - including planting new trees and carbon capture and storage, a process by which carbon dioxide is trapped and prevented from entering the atmosphere.

The IPCC calls for massive investments in renewable energy to meet climate-change goals, claiming that avoiding a catastrophe will involve "annual average investment needs in the energy system of around $2.4 trillion" between 2016 and 2035.

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