Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we're doomed

Terrifying climate change warning: 12 years until we're doomed

Vehicles wade through floodwater on Nguyen Van Cu street of Ninh Kieu district, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Countries in the southern hemisphere would see the most drastic effects.

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.

He asked the IPCC to share its experience with Vietnam in monitoring damage caused by climate change in the coming time. He added that Vietnam has issued a plan for the Implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, with a focus on implementing its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

"And we need to ratchet up the urgency."While the IPCC report calls for sweeping, large-scale policy changes, UMass' Cash says that there's still a role for individual efforts, too."Certainly as individuals we can make choices that will have short- and long-term impacts on the environment", Cash says".

The IPCC warned that temperatures were likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace.

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Crucial changes are needed - similar to the comprehensive economic reform that Vietnam started 40 years ago - to reduce GHG emissions and generate green jobs towards a resilient and sustainable society, she stated.

Staying within the 1.5 degrees C target, instead of 2 degrees C, would result in the global sea level rising 3.9 inches less by 2100, reducing flooding. If there was a global increase in temperature of just 2 degrees Celsius, it would spell widespread disaster and the world may only have 12 years left.

The IPCC was then invited to build the "Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius" report, a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. "But if my understanding of the report is correct, we're going to have to adjust these and show faster sea level rise, more increased storm inundation, and greater precipitation events", says David Cash, dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Global temperatures are now predicted to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030-2052, he warned.

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