Major UN report says climate change is worse than first thought


"One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from this report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes", said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I, tasked with assessing the physical science basis for climate change. We need to make to make major changes in transportation, buildings, industry, and how we use land.

"Many parts of the world will see mean temperature increases that, in time, will be higher than 1.5°C, including the South West of Western Australia", Dr Kala said.

The report called climate change "an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet", and warned that delayed action would make it impossible to limit warming to 2.7º F. At the current rate of warming, the world as a whole will reach the 1.5° mark between 2030 and 2052, the report concludes.

Faced with a major United Nations report that warns of floods, drought, extreme heat and increased poverty should the world not take radical action to address climate change, Donald Trump has been uncharacteristically reluctant to speak out.

If emissions can't be cut to a sufficient degree, researchers will need to devise effective methods of removing Carbon dioxide from the air, such as devoting land to growing trees and biofuel crops, Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Program, tells The Washington Post.

Professor Piers Forster, a leading author of the report who lectures at the University of Leeds, said current policies put the world on course for a "super-risky 3C of warming", adding: 'The report shows that limiting warming to 1.5C is barely feasible and, every year we delay, the window of feasibility halves.

Greenpeace's Kaisa Kosonen summed up why the report matters: "Scientists might want to write in capital letters, "ACT NOW IDIOTS", but they need to say that with facts and numbers".

This again puts Trump at odds with the rest of the world when it comes to climate change, with the USA the world's only country to disavow the Paris climate agreement, which committed governments to attempt to stay within the 1.5C limit.

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"1.5 degrees is the new 2 degrees", Jennifer Morgan, executive director of Greenpeace International, told The Washington Post after attending the finalisation of the IPCC report in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.

Climate scientists have been studying the effect of a global temperature rise of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) over preindustrial levels and have determined that is the maximum possible warming before sea level rise, drought, and other climate-change effects become catastrophic.

Swiftly reducing emissions - even with carbon removal - will also require unprecedented levels of worldwide cooperation, a particular challenge as some national governments, like that in the United States, look increasingly inward.

Warming of 2C above pre-industrial levels had widely been thought of as the threshold beyond which risky climate change will occur, but vulnerable countries such as low-lying island states warn rises above 1.5C will threaten their survival.

"Oil use is reduced consistently across most of 1.5°C scenarios, about a 30 to 80 percent reduction from 2010 levels in 2050".

What is of particular concern is that the report lowers the level after which disastrous climate change is anticipated: Previous research had set the critical threshold at 2ºC of warming. The way we will live in the future will alter depending on the emission pathway we choose to take, and this choice could mean a matter of life and death for many vulnerable communities in India. Several companies in Canada specialize in capturing Carbon dioxide from industrial emissions. They tell how global warming of more than 1.5°C will be a huge risk and to prevent it we ... that's the whole world ... must halve our emissions in 10 years. Denying the reality of climate change is not going to help anyone.

Phasing out the burning of coal, the most carbon-intensive form for power generation, nearly entirely by the middle of the century.