Trump suggests the climate may actually be 'fabulous' after ominous United Nations report

14 October, 2018, 05:32 | Author: Tara Reeves
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The report says the world will need to develop large-scale "negative emissions" programmes to remove significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Fifteen years later, the UNFCCC's Copenhagen Accord introduced a 2℃ target, and its 2015 Paris Agreement was even more specific: it "aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change ... by holding the increase in ... temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the ... increase to 1.5℃". For climate change "hotspots" - hot, dry and water-stressed countries like Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa - local warming and drying will be greater than the global average. That includes thinning Arctic sea ice, which allows the ocean to absorb more heat, causing even more ice loss and diminished reflectivity in the region, he said.

In places like the American Southwest, warming is already affecting snowpack, forest die-offs, water supplies and wildfire season. Unfortunately, the conclusions are grim, with many impacts looking close to what we used to associate with a 2.0 degree rise.

The report cited more than 6,000 scientific references and was put together by 91 researchers and editors from 40 countries involved with the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The near impossible time lines like: the world needs to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 from the 2010 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, virtually all of the coal plants and gasoline-burning vehicles on the planet would need to be quickly replaced with zero-carbon alternatives in next two decades at the latest are shattering. The report also notes that "any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air". These options involve intervening directly in the climate system of Earth so as to prevent the temperatures from rising as much as would otherwise occur owing to the increasing amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer said extreme weather, especially heat waves, will be deadlier if the lower goal is passed. As glaciers melt and oceans expand, seas will continue to rise.

"When the federal government fails to act, we must look to states, cities, and the private sector to redouble their efforts", Udall added. A joint statement from French ministers said: "France has shouldered its responsibilities by setting itself the ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050".

Adam Bandt, the Greens climate spokesman, said the IPCC report showed it was "time to hit the climate emergency button", and that neither major party was prepared to take the necessary steps.

President Donald Trump's administration has made a decision to freeze federal standards for fuel efficiency, which would increase greenhouse gas emissions. Trump says he'll look at the report; we'll see if he does anything with it. The report shows that steep reductions are urgently needed now. But it wasn't necessarily new.

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In Sunday's report, the group detailed the magnitude and unprecedented nature of the changes that would be required to hold warming to 1.5 Celsius, but it held back from taking a specific stand on the feasibility of meeting that goal.

To make us pay for them is total absurdity.

As part of the decision to adopt the Paris Agreement, the IPCC was invited to produce, in 2018, a Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. And in 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, in which almost 200 countries committed to cutting emissions to keep global temperature rise below 2°C, with the larger goal of trying to keep warming to 1.5° above pre-Industrial levels. These are people who have contributed nearly nothing to global warming.

The U.N. climate report released this week had some stunning revelations, claiming that the 2020s could be one of humanity's last chances to avert devastating impacts.

"The take-away message is this: The scientists who have been studying climate change and writing these reports are some of the very same people who have the highest concern about the potential impacts", she said.

The report also ignores "wild cards" in the climate system, or self-reinforcing feedbacks, said Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a professor of climate sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

According to the scientists who authored the report, the impact on such a scale as predicted could come with as high as a $54 trillion price tag.

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