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Readers React: Demand action on climate change

Danger The World Projected to Warm at Additional 0.5°C ─ IPCC Report Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic
Kristen Harrington | 22 October, 2018, 08:40

The "Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C" contains terrifying forecasts about what will happen when we reach an average global temperature one-and-a-half degrees Celsius higher than the pre-industrial average.

Unfortunately, once again the US, which reportedly is the largest polluter, played a negative role to destroy the global consensus. And it has become ubiquitous with my friends showing off their children, so much so that I have way more of any idea of how the children look than my friends themselves. At least, this should be upsetting news.

"We set out to have the Caribbean situation reflected in the report and we have accomplished that", Trotz said.

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Trump’s remark on having ‘natural instinct for science’ spurs reactions

Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the worldwide body providing governments with the scientific basis to develop climate-related public policies, released its latest special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC - not 2ºC - above pre-industrial levels.

I am not alone in having concerns about the effects of climate change, including health impacts, economic losses, extreme weather events and loss of species.

So how do we save ourselves when we have so little time?

Duchess Meghan cutting back on grueling schedule: Kensington Palace
Before returning to the United Kingdom, the couple will stop back in Sydney for the Closing Ceremony of the Invictus Games . The Paralympic style competition, which aims to rehabilitate injured veterans through sport, was created by Prince Harry .

Trump remains in willful denial of the thousands of deaths caused by his government's inept, under-funded, and under-motivated response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico past year. We are that generation.

We've all been aware of humanity's detrimental impact on the environment for decades. Lagoons full of hog manure on industrial farms northwest of the city overflowed, contaminating water sources and killing fish. We must make the connection that human trauma and planet trauma are one of the same. Nevertheless, there is clearly a call to action in the language. A majority of Hispanics and Blacks attributes climate change to human activity compared with only 41 percent of whites. In a world where we have politicians like Sen.

A Pew Research Center survey released on Monday shows that only 11 percent of registered Republican voters see climate change as a pressing issue facing the United States, while 72 percent of the Democrat voters say it is a serious problem.

Trump accuses Saudis of 'lies' over Khashoggi killing
He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi , a Saudi national and U.S. resident, had been killed or where his body was. The official said Saudi statements had changed because of "false information reported internally at the time".

We can't rely on just of some in the corporate fold rising to the challenge laid down by the United Nations, whether from the IPCC or in the form of its SDGs. Reasons were numerous, starting with the traditional reluctance of the U.S. to have things imposed from the outside, the fact that the Clinton administration could not secure a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and because the American main negotiator, Vice-President Al Gore, had pushed for an even greater reduction effort than the one initially envisioned - going from -5% to -7%. And natural climate solutions - including preventing deforestation and restoring degraded ecosystems - have something else going for them: They're significantly more cost-effective than developing new clean-energy technologies. For example, geothermal energy makes sense for heating homes, but we can't power an electrical grid with it. But the town has taken a number of steps to reduce energy consumption and has joined with companies to provide incentives for residents to install solar panels, smart thermostats, and state-of-the-art swimming pool pumps that dramatically cut electricity demand. Unfortunately, none of them seemed particularly transformational nor did they critically consider climate change and its implications on our long-term economic development and prosperity. Research conducted by the University of Southern California found that "minorities and the poor in the USA already breathe dirtier air than other Americans". Obviously if the future of our planet depends on it, it is worth it for every country to follow their lead. And that is before Pres. Donald Trump pulls the US out of the agreement. For years now our country has had pockets of individuals who are extremely sustainability minded.

At four degrees, global grain yields could fall by as much as 50 percent, producing food crises and possibly war.

Fake news spreads over WhatsApp ahead of Brazil's presidential election
It also noted that it banned an account related to former Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, a member of the Workers' Party. A WhatsApp representative said it had "banned hundreds of thousands of accounts during the Brazilian election period".

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