Sussex academic says lifestyle changes 'not enough' to halt global warming

No change in Qld after dire climate report

No change in Qld after dire climate report

The Australian government has rejected calls from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to phase out coal-fired power by 2050.

"There is no definitive way to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 above pre-industrial levels", the United Nations -requested report said.

The scientists said government commitments to curb climate change under the Paris Climate Agreement, even if fully met, would still leave the world on track for about 3 degrees of warming. Florida is a state that is expected to be heavily affected by rising sea levels expected with global warming.

Outside the White House Tuesday night, Trump reassured Americans that there's nothing to worry about when it comes to climate change.

The Senate GOP majority, likely to remain in effect after November's elections, is dominated by lawmakers skeptical of human-caused climate change, such as Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.).

The UN report warns limiting global warming to 1.5C will cost the world $2.4 trillion (£1.8 trillion) every year for the next two decades.

As NM Political Report has reported numerous times, including last summer, the U.S. Southwest is warming more quickly than other places on the planet. The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, the report released Monday says, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe. Together, higher temperatures and precipitation changes will decrease soil moisture and increase drought. We've already seen some of the early effects of that increase-more fires, more floods, more heat waves, more extreme weather of all sorts.

The long-term targets considered in the draft point include plans for 80 per cent emission reductions by 2050, reaching net zero emissions by 2070 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the "lights would go out on the east coast of Australia" if coal was phased out.

Canada would have to cut its emissions nearly in half over the next 12 years to meet the stiffer targets dozens of worldwide climate change experts say is required to prevent catastrophic results from global warming.

Allowing the global temperature to temporarily exceed or "overshoot" 1.5ºC would mean a greater reliance on techniques that remove Carbon dioxide from the air to return global temperatures to below 1.5°C by 2100.

As for the droughts reportedly causing wildfires in the western US, "the IPCC admits there is "low confidence in the sight of drought trends since 1950 at global scale" and that "there are 'likely to be trends in some regions of the world, ' including increasing droughts in the Mediterranean and decreasing droughts in parts of North America".

Yet, we're seeing more violent storms and more severe hurricanes - which the administration denies are related to climate change (and which are costing us billions in taxpayer rebuilding funds), we're seeing more sea-level flooding in Miami and other low coastal areas; we're seeing worldwide increases in population and the scattered scramble for clean water as starvation and drought rise around the globe. On top of this, Trump's America wants to dump spending on health, public education, culture and poverty programs.

Here is how to interpret the alarming new United Nations-sponsored report on global warming: We are living in a horror movie.

McCormack said the government won't change policy just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do.

The progressively serious climate impacts at 1.5 and 2.0℃ in these countries demands concerted action, both locally and internationally.

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