Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic

Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic

The storm that ravaged the Panhandle left incredible destruction. Several worldwide leaders (including Ban Ki-moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank) have recently moved to establish the Global Commission on Adaption, a 17-country effort to cut carbon emissions and rebuild a global commitment to take on climate change. But this isn't "new news;" however, recently the topic of climate change has been forced to take a back seat on all major media platforms.

"The decisions we make now about whether we let 1.5 or 2 degrees or more happen will change the world enormously", Dr Heleen de Coninck, one of the co-ordinating lead authors of the report said. If the current trend continues, the world faces increased food shortages and wildfires and a mass die-off of coral reefs by 2040. Measures to accomplish this - renewable energy sources and fuel emission standards - are centerpieces of Democrats' campaigns. Carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere, a technology in its infancy, will nearly certainly be needed in tandem with immediate and severe emissions reductions.

Additionally, those individuals that live near corporations are also at risk of being affected by climate change the most.

"This report is a wake-up call for governments and the world, that we no longer have time for playing around".

"The longer it takes, the more critical it is to move it forward as much as we can", John Andrews, co-group leader of the Long Island East chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, said of the urgency to bend the Carbon dioxide emissions curve sharply downward. "I just know what I see", said Carl Marshburn, a Republican who has operated tour boats along the Cape Fear River for three decades.

Some people simply can't take yes for an answer.

Given collective inaction, said Mr. Andrews, a retired scientist who worked in energy efficient building research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, it is now a question of mitigation, not prevention. Scientists are on the front lines of loss, and organizations such as the Union of Concerned Scientists offer new "tool kits" and personal strategies for action.

Each incremental rise in temperature makes the problem worse, he said. "The higher the number gets, the more likely it is there will be nasty feedback effects such as the one I really worry about - frozen methane in the permafrost". As the United Nations report noted, greenhouse gases are naturally produced yet have spiked amid forest loss and the Industrial Age, recorded data shows.

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"This is the most deceptive, vicious world".

The damage caused by climate change could cost $54 trillion in just the next few years. There would be eight million cases of dengue fever each year in Latin America alone. "We need to take notice and do what we can", he said. The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C was published at a meeting of governments in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. Cut back on shower time, recycle and reduce the amount of electricity you use.

Such action is unlikely in Washington, D.C., in the short term.

Although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change asserts in the SR15 trickleback report that "These changes do not alter any substantive findings of the final draft of the underlying report", considering the contrast between past IPCC SPMs and the underlying science reports, this is hard to believe.

"I think something's happening". He cited no evidence to support those assertions.

"This is not hopeless", Gutowski said. Reasons were numerous, starting with the traditional reluctance of the US 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%. "When my district is under water, I'll go to yours and run against you".

The report estimates that the action taken to prevent the increase of greenhouse gases could cost the world economy almost $54 trillion. The agreement set voluntary greenhouse gas emission targets in an effort to lessen the impact of fossil fuels. Now, even with American President Donald Trump deciding not to honor his predecessor's pledge, 16 states in the U.S. and Puerto Rico have formed the United States Climate Alliance to uphold the goals set by the Paris agreement, thus bypassing the federal withdrawal. This week, while touring Florida where Hurricane Michael had made a landfall killing at least 31 with several people still missing, the American president revealed why he is opposed to curbing gas emissions and checking climate change: "I will say this". The alliance comprises 17 governors, their states representing more than 40 percent of the population.