Scientists Warn Catastrophic Global Warming is Looming
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Oct 11, 2018,
Oct 11, 2018, 19:01
Lastly, Leota said: "This report provides us further science to support our calls for action on the global stage". Next year the IPCC will release the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and Climate Change and Land, which looks at how climate change affects land use.
Another challenge is that the report relies on too many studies or reports that explore a single country, such as Iran or Romania, without looking at larger regional trends, Trenberth said.
She is also the founder of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, which aims to secure justice for "people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change who are usually forgotten - the poor, the disempowered and the marginalised across the world." . Thanks to climate change, the planet is evidently on a path of "unprecedented environmental destruction" that will destroy life on earth as we know it.
If people don't act now, the report says, we will hit 1.5 C somewhere between 2030 and 2052.
"Some expected changes that are likely to continue in the future are an increased prevalence of very warm days", he said. The report also stated that 70-85 percent of energy needs to be supplied by renewable sources by 2050 to stay at the 1.5C target - right now, renewable energy accounts for about 25 percent.
The country had already ratified the landmark Paris Agreement 2015 and approved its own action plan to implement the agreement as well as update the Nationally Determined Contributions on greenhouse reduction goals to submit to the United Nations before the Climate Change Conference 25 next year.
The point is whether the human race will find the collective political and moral will to fight climate change.
Thanh noted that in addition to the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Vietnam has issued guidance for the implementation of the agreement focusing on the UN's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Most of them, for good or bad, come down to promoting and encouraging private entrepreneurs and re-building corporate profits, using tax cuts, protectionist tariffs and, for farmers, new, bigger direct subsidies. It also does not describe any risks except for destabilization of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, he said.
And as for sea level rise, the rate has slowed from eight inches over the last 140 years to about 4 inches per century now.
A leaked draft of the EU's proposed long-term climate strategy showed that the bloc's targets do not line up with the urgency of action needed to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C.
According to the report, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Lee said.
In response to data showing that Australia's emissions levels are the highest since 2011, Ms Price said that this was a "slight increase" and insisted that the Government was on track with meeting internationally agreed upon emissions reduction targets.
Under President Donald Trump, the US has rapidly moved to eliminate policies aimed at reducing the nation's carbon footprint ― even as other top emitters of carbon dioxide like China have taken steps to curb emissions.
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) Le Cong Thanh made the statement during a high-level dialogue on climate change which took place in Hanoi on October 10.