Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report

Scientists call for $2.4tr shift from coal to renewables IPCC predicts climate disaster
Doris Mccormick | 12 October, 2018, 07:00

The report said recent projections of the potential impacts of climate change on malaria globally and for Asia, Africa, and South America confirm that weather and climate are among the drivers of the geographic range, intensity of transmission, and seasonality of malaria, and that the relationships are not necessarily linear, resulting in complex patterns of changes in risk with additional warming.

The Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 nations at COP21 in December 2015, included the aim of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change by "holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degree celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degree celsius above pre -industrial levels".

Beyond the scientific imperative provided by this report, governments and investors will also need the energy scenarios to help them get to 1.5 degrees, including ones that can serve as roadmaps to success from energy authorities like the International Energy Agency (in its reaction to the special report, the World Coal Association pointed to the IEA as justification for the need for continued coal production). "But it will require unprecedented and collective climate action in all areas. There is no time to waste", he said.

The IPCC, an global consortium comprised of hundreds of climate change researchers assembled by the United Nations, said "the next few years are probably the most important in our history".

"The coming period is critical".

This was one of the greatest achievements of the 2015 Paris Agreement: the hard fought ambition gains in global temperature limits. One is that there are a big difference in terms of the impacts of climate change at 1.5 and 2 degrees, and the other one is that we really need quite radical changes to the amount of emissions we have globally. However, the damage is already done in so many fragile ecologies. "India must take the lead in forming a global coalition for a 1.5 C world to save its poor and vulnerable population", CSE was quoted as saying by NDTV. Moreover, it said that climate change has significantly contributed to heat-related deaths.

Additional Secretary of the Environment Ministry AK Mehta said India is already facing climate change impacts.

Keeping the 1.5C target would keep the global sea level rise 3.9 inches lower by 2100 than a 2C target, the report states.

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In order to limit warming at 1.5°C, the world will have to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 from the 2010 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, it said.

She added: "The insurance sector does have a keen interest in attaining 1.5°C and limiting temperature rise to no more than that given everything that is at risk on both the product side and the investment side".

Researchers found that "human caused" C02 emissions need to be cut by almost half of 2010 levels by the 2030 to starve off the worts effects of climate change.

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

The effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development, the report notes.

The UN body said that there were "clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems" from restricting total global warming to 1.5C compared...

The new report will feed into a process called the 'Talanoa Dialogue, ' in which parties to the Paris accord will take stock of what has been accomplished over the past three years.

We also need the climate leaders to stand up the global climate deniers, such as Donald Trump or Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, who recently said that there was no money for "global climate conferences and all that nonsense".

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