Trump sceptical of UN climate change report findings

Major UN report says climate change is worse than first thought

Major UN report says climate change is worse than first thought

But no matter how many warnings we receive - and let's be honest, at this point we have had far too many - no one is willing to put their foot down and pump the brakes.

Taalas suggests several actions governments and individuals can take to lower the world's temperature. "The next few years are probably the most important in our history", she said.

If every country fulfills the pledges it made for the Paris agreement in 2015, the world may still warm 2.6 to 3.2 degrees C by the end of the century, by some estimates.

The Council today adopted conclusions on climate change which emphasise the unprecedented urgency which is needed to step up global efforts to avoid the risky effects of climate change.

The IPCC's report was accepted by all countries, including India.

Dramatically reducing the use of coal, planting huge swathes of land with carbon-absorbing forest or powering most transport with electricity are no longer sufficient to bring about the swift transition needed, they said, with warming expected to pass the 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) mark in as little as 12 years.

While the global average temperature is now at about 1 degree, some parts of the world are already experiencing 1.5 degree global warming.

If emissions can't be cut to a sufficient degree, researchers will need to devise effective methods of removing Carbon dioxide from the air, such as devoting land to growing trees and biofuel crops, Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Program, tells The Washington Post.

Half a degree more (about.9 F) might sound small.

The Arctic is likely to be ice-free in summer around once a century at 1.5C but at least once a decade if warming climbs to 2C. In the United Kingdom, emissions have fallen by more than 40 per cent since 1990 and renewables have risen to more than 30 per cent of the electricity generation mix from only 5 per cent a decade ago.

Li said the city's current climate strategy was not aggressive enough and urged the government to align itself with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees by setting an 80 per cent emissions reduction target for 2030.

It seems that what was once our worst case scenario may now be one of our best.

But we now have a better idea of how bad 1.5 degrees C of warming looks, since we've already heated the world by about 1 degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels by sending greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

"Let's not forget that Australia accounts for just over one per cent of global emissions, so there are a lot bigger players than us out there impacting on these arrangements", the PM said.

At the same time, the world must all but completely phase out coal, while boosting renewable energy by almost 50 percent.

Today we have underlined again that the European Union will continue to lead the way in global action on climate action.

Yet report authors said they remain optimistic.

These effects include extreme heatwaves, severe droughts, the death of coral reefs, mass extinctions, sea-level rise, and more.

Under the Paris Agreement rules, the United States can not actually pull out of the pact until late 2020.

We're on track to hit that 1.5-degree temperature rise by 2040.

The report landed on the same day that the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics to two American scientists for their work highlighting the role of government policy in promoting sustainable economic growth. "It's really disappointing. It's a real failure that the United States government isn't helping people understand there's a train coming down the track fast at us and we need to get out of the way". If they act now, they can seize new opportunities from innovative technologies, rather than risk onerous costs as climate change makes previous business models unsustainable.

The IPCC report also advises a shift to less energy-intensive household goods such as smart thermostats and air conditioners.

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