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United Nations report calls for urgent action to avert catastrophic climate change

Kristen Harrington | 10 October, 2018, 03:34

Yesterday's report points out that actually, 2°C would be really, really bad, and the world needs to take immediate, drastic action to have any chance of keeping climate change to 1.5°C instead. The report was finalised at a special meeting in South Korea last week. So far, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that he's "not going to spend money on global climate conferences and all that nonsense", while Deputy PM Michael McCormack described the landmark United Nations warning as "some sort of report" and said Australia will "absolutely" keep relying on coal-fired power.

"There are signs that mitigation is going on, but if this is to be achieved, there is an urgent need to accelerate", said Valérie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of the IPCC's Working Group I and a co-author of the report. Per the IPCC - a collection of top climate scientists - the planet has about 12 years left to massively cut carbon emissions to ensure temperatures rise only 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100. Temperatures would be 1.5C higher between 2030 and 2052 if the world continued at its current pace, it warned. More than 90 global megacities, part of the C40 coalition, have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

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The report highlights several climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to 2 degrees Celsius or more.

"Frankly, we've delivered a message to the governments", Skea said at a press event, according to The Washington Post.

"Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5 °C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems", said Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II. Scientists say that mere 0.5-degree difference would mean saving massive amounts of fresh water in the Mediterranean area, averting the most catastrophic droughts and deadly heat waves, and sparing at least some of the world's coral reefs. While nascent and not conclusive in its findings-two of the reasons you won't find it referenced in the IPCC report-the study warned that humanity may be just 1°C away from creating a series of dynamic feedback loops that could push the world into a climate scenario not seen since the dawn of the Helocene Period, almost 12,000 years ago. Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020.

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"It will take government resolve", he said. The report recommends that renewable energy supplies between 70 and 85 per cent of electricity globally by 2050. By lowering emissions and deploying carbon capture technology, we could possibly bring temperatures back down under the threshold. There was no mention of oil in this context in the summary. Problematically, the effectiveness of the negative emissions techniques that would be relied upon in such a scenario is unproven on a large scale.

Efforts to curb climate change must also extend beyond the 2015 Paris Agreement reached among 197 countries - which President Trump withdrew the USA from in June 2017. And given the current state of political support for the Paris Climate Accord, it is hard not to despair.

Trump's administration has largely ignored calls to take steps toward reducing harmful carbon emissions and Trump said past year he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

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