New climate report a wakeup call for all governments

Gwen Vasquez
October 11, 2018

Per Business Insider, reporters asked Trump about the UN's climate change report, wich warned that the world only has about 12 years to curb the effects of climate change.

"Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has already shown exemplary commitment for ensuring all possible actions and supports, devising new innovative scientific strategies".

This is despite the release of a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week that outlined the urgency of taking unprecedented action to avert climate change. In December 2015, when governments adopted the Paris Agreement, they invited the IPCC to prepare a report on the warming of 1.5ºC in 2018, when nations review the Paris Agreement at the 24 Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24), to be held in Poland this December. Florida is a state that is expected to be heavily affected by rising sea levels expected with global warming.

If there was anything more important than how we changed our lifestyles, WWF-New Zealand's David Tong said, it was how we used our voices.

Robinson has long called for others to be more conscious of both climate change and human rights issues, believing them to be inextricably linked.

To limit warming to the lower temperature goal, the world needs "rapid and far-reaching" changes in energy systems, land use, city and industrial design, transportation and building use, the report said.

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The New York Times reported on October 8, 2018 that the United Nations climate report known as SR15 calls for high carbon taxes from $135 to $5,500/ton while a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Bjorn Lomborg of October 9, 2018 says the costs of proposed CO2 cuts are not worth it, leading Friends of Science Society to slam the United Nations report as Goldilocks thinking without any rational cost-benefit analysis or practical plan.

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, China now has 957 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power operating - more than four times India's 219 GW. By 2050, we'd have to reduce emissions to zero.

Even worse, if we remain at our current levels of emissions, we are on a path to warming 4 C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, which if reached would trigger a chain of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heatwaves, declining global food stocks, substantial species extinctions and sea-level rising that would affect hundreds of millions of people, according to the report. The report also notes that "any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air".

Here is how to interpret the alarming new United Nations-sponsored report on global warming: We are living in a horror movie. The IPCC report states that the hottest days of summer in mid-latitudes could increase by 4°C under a 2°C global increase, suggesting that heat waves here in southern BC could easily reach 44°C.

The report is part of the Paris climate accord process. Instead, however, the Trump administration rejects the science of climate change and actively favors dirty energy sources over clean ones. The report said warmer water coral reefs "will largely disappear". We are doing this because we feel this tool kit is vital to climate success, to evaluate various options and the complexities involved, and to encourage other universities, municipalities and states to do the same until society develops sufficient momentum to do so at a national level. A key in this effort is to have solutions that are "shovel-ready" for when the climate change impacts become painful enough that the public willpower to act sweeps quickly onto the policy scene.

The IPCC report highlights that coal now has its back very much against the wall, but equally that the real power for change lies in Beijing.

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