Former president of Ireland and environmentalist Mary Robinson believes the nation has the potential to become a world leader on the issue of climate change, The Irish Times reports. This group of scientists is known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a direct arm of the United Nations. The Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to well below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C, by the turn of the century will be extremely challenging.
Already, the global temperature – averaged between land and sea temperatures – has risen 1° Celsius, or 1.8° Fahrenheit, since 1880.
“This is one of the most important reports ever produced by the IPCC, and certainly one of the most needed”, Hoesung Lee, the chair of the body, said at a press conference in South Korea on Monday. More recently, he claimed that low temperatures disprove climate change.
The dramatic report warned that the planet is now heading to warm by 3C – and to slash that to less than 1.5C as laid out in the Paris agreement will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society”.
The Los Angeles Times put it this way: “The report serves as a stark reminder of President Trump’s status as a global outlier in terms of climate change”. That may not sound like much, but look at the consequences we’re already seeing: Stronger, slower, wetter tropical storms.
“We need each of us to think about our carbon footprint”.
Environment Minister Melissa Price seemed just as unconcerned as McCormack, saying that “it would be “irresponsible” to commit to phase out coal by 2050 because clean coal technology could be available by then”, the Guardian reported.
The scientists wrote that globally, human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide “would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching “net zero” around 2050″.
Here is how to interpret the alarming new United Nations-sponsored report on global warming: We are living in a horror movie. But in case you needed another reason to take climate change seriously, researchers have found that a rise in global temperatures is associated with an increase in mental health issues, linking the effects of climate change to mental health.
The report is part of the Paris climate accord process. We are doing this because we feel this tool kit is vital to climate success, to evaluate various options and the complexities involved, and to encourage other universities, municipalities and states to do the same until society develops sufficient momentum to do so at a national level. “Farmers are often among the worst-hit by climate change, so it’s in their own interests to look at making deep cuts in methane, and soon”, said CANA spokesperson Jeanette Fitzsimons.
Under former Gov. Bill Richardson, the state of New Mexico undertook some climate initiatives, trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industries and studying how the impacts of warming would affect resources and its communities.
As for the droughts reportedly causing wildfires in the western USA, “the IPCC admits there is “low confidence in the sight of drought trends since 1950 at global scale” and that “there are ‘likely to be trends in some regions of the world, ‘ including increasing droughts in the Mediterranean and decreasing droughts in parts of North America”.
The United Nations and almost 100 climate scientists from across the globe have issued their latest environmental primal scream.
“He said the government would not change policy “just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do”.