Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn

Tackling transport is essential for Britain to cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions

Tackling transport is essential for Britain to cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions

Colin Goodwin, technical director, BSRIA, said: "It is clear that unprecedented changes are needed to curb this catastrophic rise in global warming".

The report will provide the framework of discussion for the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

Reportedly the UN IPCC met last week in Incheon, South Korea to finalise the much-anticipated world's largest review on climate change, which was prepared at the request of governments in 2016 when the Paris agreement was inked.

Limiting global warming's temperature rise to 1.5ºC would require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a damning new report.

According to the report, we are already seeing strong consequences of 1°C of global warming through extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice. "Limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius as against 2 degree Celsius can reduce the number of people exposed to climate-related risks and poverty by up to several hundred million by 2050", the report said.

- Coral reefs would decline by 70-90% with warming of 1.5C, compared to more than 99% with 2C.

Areas like sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean would still suffer from droughts, but farms would be able to grow more food than they could with 2 degrees of warming.

What is significant about 1.5C of warming? One of the biggest losers if we reach 1.5°C?

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Although carbon emissions come from more than transportation, the transportation sector is far behind electricity production in making the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Global emissions need to be cut be 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and renewables will need to make up at least 85% of electricity production by 2050 with coal use down to almost zero. Carbon dioxide is a tiny percentage of the air; Herzog likens the technique to removing 400 "CO2 marbles" from a pile of one million marbles. "It really reduces the impacts of climate change in very important ways", said Prof Jim Skea, who is a co-chair of the IPCC. Moreover, if global temperatures were to exceed the mark temporarily, then, additional carbon removal techniques would be required to return warming to below 1.5℃ by 2100.

Further, "t$3 he decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future, said Debra Roberts, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II".

"The world needs a "Plan B" to address climate change". When figures came out in the past few years noting that more than 500 million plastic straws were being used daily in the USA and they were polluting the ocean, local government after local government quickly moved to ban plastic straws.

Taking the valuable input from the Report into account, the Commission will work to present in November an European Union strategy for long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction.

"The goal of climate change now must be firmly fixed to 1.5°C to give the communities and nations a fighting chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change".

With not enough efforts to climatic changes, that 1.5 degree Celsius global warming is likely to happen between 2030 and 2052. Why shoot for 1.5 degrees? Reaffirming the administration's commitment to withdrawing from the climate accord, the State Department said in a statement to the Times that its "acceptance of this report. does not imply endorsement by the United States of the specific findings or underlying contents of the report".

Scientists predict that any higher than 1.5°C and the effects will be irreversible.

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