Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

‘Act urgently‚’ say SA experts after UN’s dire global warming warning

‘Act urgently‚’ say SA experts after UN’s dire global warming warning

In reality, it seems far more likely that the world will "overshoot" the 1.5 degree mark, causing irreversible harm.

How much more urgent can it get?" and "Science pronounces its verdict: "World to be doomed at 2°C, less risky at 1.5°C" and "A major new climate report slams the door on wishful thinking".

And, of course, Trump has been trying to slash carbon regulations instead of strengthening them. But he says it is not impossible.

The report lists various scenarios that might occur if the world hit 2 degrees of warming.

Their concerns meant a pledge to pursue efforts to limit temperature rises to 1.5C was included - after tough negotiations - alongside the commitment to keep them "well below" 2C in the global Paris climate agreement in 2015. At 1.5 degrees, fewer species would go extinct.

The authoritative Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in a report released Monday that urgent, global action is required to stave off the devastating implications of climate change. By 2100, global sea level rises would be 10 cm lower with global warming of 1.5°C compared with 2°C, and coral reefs would decline by 70-90% with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all (99%) would be lost with 2ºC.

"With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policyrelevance of the IPCC", said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

One of the lead authors, Murdoch University climate scientist Jatin Kala, said even if global warming was kept to 1.5C there could still be "dire consequences" for WA's South West, such as altered growing seasons in the Wheatbelt and wine regions such as the Swan Valley.

"1.5 degrees is the new 2 degrees", Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, told The Washington Post after attending the finalisation of the IPCC report in Incheon, the Republic of Korea. "Over 187 cities globally participate in that symbolic gesture of switching off your lights for that one hour, to say I really care about this and I want to be part of the solution", Ms Richter said. He likened the report to an academic exercise wondering what would happen if a frog had wings.

Three years ago, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, I was proud to have helped secure the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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Limiting warming to the lower goal is "not impossible but will require unprecedented changes", United Nations panel chief Hoesung Lee said in a news conference in which scientists repeatedly declined to spell out just how feasible that goal is. 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. "This is our chance to decide what the world is going to look like". Per the IPCC, humans need to slash carbon output to 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 and to straight-up zero by 2050.

The UK already has a target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Economies would have to shift away rapidly from burning coal, oil and gas and invest heavily in renewable energy.

The key benefits will come from "large-scale and rapid" transitions, the report said.

Limiting global warming would also give people and ecosystems more room to adapt and remain below relevant risk thresholds, added Pörtner.

Increasing evidence suggests that a climate-sensitive realignment of savings and expenditure towards low-emission, climate-resilient infrastructure and services requires an evolution of global and national financial systems.

The authors of the IPCC report estimate economic damages from flooding, drought, and other effects by 2040 of $54 trillion.

Coral and other ecosystems are also at risk.

The report has been published by the IPCC.

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