Urgent action required to limit global warming

SA faces scorched earth

SA faces scorched earth

(Under the terms of the agreement, the US wouldn't actually be able to withdraw until November 2020.) The administration also may eliminate more regulations that were put in place to reduce climate change if those regulations stand in the way of greater business profits.

"No, no. Some say that and some say differently, I mean you have scientists on both sides of it", he was quoted as saying in the interview.

In the words of one of the scientists participating in the Panel, the report points out "the enormous benefits of keeping to 1.5ºC" and that moreover "this can be done within laws of physics and chemistry". Those that are in the higher class of society are able to escape the realities of climate change, while those of low-income are forced to deal with the consequences. Per its report, released last week, our world must utterly transform its economy and energy systems in the next decade or risk ecological disaster on a biblical scale.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC's) special report on "Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees" did not frighten Mumbaiites; it did not stir the Devendra Fadnavis government or the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation out of their slumber on the issue. Recall that the report's best-case scenario was an increase in global surface temperature of 1.5 degrees, and even that amount of warming would still cause storms, wildfires, floods, droughts and coral bleaching events of unprecedented severity.

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A mere half a degree could spell the difference between the Arctic being ice-free once a decade and once a century; between coral reefs being nearly entirely wiped out and up to 30 percent hanging on; and between a third of the world's population being exposed to extreme heat waves and a tenth.

TRL has observed that to ensure essential infrastructure is fit for objective, consideration of climate change needs to be embedded in asset management with infrastructure owners taking a proactive approach to mitigate risk before severe weather events occur. Last month, Hurricane Florence claimed at least 48 deaths, with more likely to come in its aftermath.

It is obvious that swift action is required to avoid such grim outcomes. This is no longer a problem that will affect the world thousands of years from now.

The US is by far the largest carbon polluter in history. It hasn't occurred to them that they might be wrong.

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The pledges nations made in the Paris agreement in 2015 are "clearly insufficient to limit warming to 1.5 degrees in any way", said one of the study's lead authors, Joerj Roeglj of the Imperial College in London. That's despite research and advice from scientists about how the project impedes meeting our climate targets, the substantial and underreported release of the potent greenhouse gas methane from LNG and fracking, and the fact that LNG is as likely to slow renewable energy development as to replace coal-fired power.

Nordhaus' work is an object lesson in ignored knowledge and missed opportunities. If we were to take absolutely no action to limit greenhouse gases emissions, the temperature would then rise by 5.5ºC by 2100! Framers of economic policy across the world initially ignored his findings.

The report threw clear light on urbanisation and climate change: Urbanisation is faster than ever in human history; urban areas account for huge energy use and large greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions including almost 44% of Carbon dioxide emissions leading to global warming; urban infrastructure is a key driver of emissions; infrastructure and urban form like density, accessibility and land-use mix are strongly linked.

Mainstream economists are now in favour of instituting carbon taxes that Nordhaus proposed to reduce noxious emissions. "And this is bigly important, so somebody needs to get through to the president before it's too late". "I really don't know what more to say". I will say this: I don't want to give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs.

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