New climate report a wakeup call for all governments

The NSW Minerals Council likewise said coal had "very positive" future in the state, with strong demand from traditional and emerging export markets, a spokesman said.

Under former Gov. Bill Richardson, the state of New Mexico undertook some climate initiatives, trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from industries and studying how the impacts of warming would affect resources and its communities. "Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5 degrees celsius, whereas virtually all (more than 99 percent) would be lost with 2 degrees celsius".

The IPCC report reveals the widespread effects of global warming of 1.5°C and above, which includes increased coastal flooding and the salinization of river beds, besides increased heatwaves.

At the same time, highly exposed countries such as Namibia and Botswana need to anticipate and plan for quite rapid changes in local weather and climate.

Trump tweeted in 2012 that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing non-competitive".

The latest data also prove that Trump has been vindicated in his decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

In 2015, nations agreed to limit warming to 2 C as part of the Paris Agreement, which many consider the upper threshold before irreversible and catastrophic damage is done to the planet.


But as Jamie Henn, co-founder and the program director for the global climate group 350.org, stated in a tweet on Tuesday, the "scariest thing about the IPCC Report" is the fact that "it's the watered down, consensus version".

In 2016 they were nearly twice that. If the flow of greenhouse gases continues to stream into the atmosphere at the current rate, the IPCC determined, the global mean temperature will likely rise to the 1.5-degree mark sometime between 2030 and 2052.

But a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change avoids any of these claims of climate chanage causing hurricanes to be more frequent or more severe. The IPCC calculates that a further temperature rise of about 1 degree - nearly inevitable, given our dependence on coal, oil and gas - would be challenging but manageable. It also does not describe any risks except for destabilization of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, he said.

The Australian government isn't persuaded by calls for urgent climate action, instead doubling down on promises to lower electricity prices and meet existing emissions reduction targets.

Answer: The IPCC Working Groups were asked by countries that are most vulnerable to climate change impacts to analyze what will happen with a 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperatures - before we ever reach a 2 degree rise.

Their letter comes on the heels of a United Nations climate report that informed the world this week there is far less time (like, just a little more than a decade) to seriously address global warming if humans are going to keep negative impacts to a reasonable level. We've seen that on immigration, tariffs, foreign affairs and other topics.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA has rapidly moved to eliminate policies aimed at reducing the nation's carbon footprint ― even as other top emitters of carbon dioxide like China have taken steps to curb emissions. "Việt Nam hopes that all countries, especially developed ones, and other organisations fully take their due responsibility", Dũng said. The survey said that between January and March this year, Australia had its most elevated levels of carbon pollution since 2011.

  • Valerie Cook