Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Mining sector, Morrison government on the defensive over IPCC report

The consequences of climate change are real READ MORE'We're not on track: Major climate change report pushes for 1.5C cap
Frank Williams | 10 October, 2018, 23:11

The report was commissioned by the United Nations to see what would happen if global average temperatures rose by 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, and what it would take to cap warming at that level.

Renewable sources like wind and hydro generated only 15.6 per cent.

"Nothing suggests world will come close to meeting this goal on climate change", Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter.

Given the lack of ambition in emission reductions so far, and major energy and land-use transformations the IPCC report claims will be needed, highly exposed countries such as Namibia and Botswana need to anticipate and plan for quite rapid changes in local weather and climate characteristics.

In response to the IPCC report released this week, U.S. Sen. In their conclusions, environment ministers recall the progress made in recent months by the European Union on legislation, which delivers on its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Natural gas flaring and leaks are wasteful, pollute the air we breathe, and undermine our best efforts to grapple with climate change", he said, calling for "significant" investments in clean, efficient energy production.

The letter said the report highlighted that there is science, technology and money available to make a difference but political will is lacking. The report describes increasingly severe food shortages and wildfires as well as widespread coral reef deaths if nothing is done about the current emissions levels. They say it excludes scientists who downplay the effect of burning fossil fuels. The carbon dioxide humans were injecting into the atmosphere would cause changes, they wrote, that could be "deleterious from the point of view of human beings".

Kavanaugh to hear first arguments as Supreme Court justice
Kavanaugh is accompanied by his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, third from left, and children Margaret, second from left, and Liza. McConnell's remarks were viewed as a signal that he would be open to filling a potential Supreme Court vacancy in 2020.

While it's likely that the developed world will witness ongoing bitter debates over policy toward fossil fuels, the actual key to the IPCC target is China, and to a lesser extent the rest of developing Asia.

Decades ago, Congress refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which represented the first step toward meaningful global action on climate in 1992.

The landmark IPCC report on Monday warned that the world has 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe, saying that unprecedented changes to society were required to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, reports Xinhua news agency.

Apollos Nwafor, pan Africa director of Oxfam International, said, "Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse".

"Our economy depends on the coal industry, and we can have both a strong coal industry and reduce carbon emissions".

All those initiatives and studies ended once Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January 2011.

"You know, which group drew it", Trump said on the White House's South Lawn.

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