Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Climate change report draws call for action from United Nations rights expert

Climate change report draws call for action from United Nations rights expert

The report was finalised at a special meeting in South Korea last week.

Making an unprecedented call to action, the United Nations' climate panel said that to avoid catastrophe, all countries must change the way their people eat, commute, farm and build - and the changes must kick in right away.

But the effects of not meeting the 1.5C target would mean huge changes to the world.

"In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord", he said at the time. "Further failure would be an unconscionable betrayal of the planet and future generations". 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.

Countries in the southern hemisphere will be among the worse off, the report said, adding "projected to experience the largest impacts on economic growth due to climate change should global warming increase". Experts say meeting that target is critical not only for the environment, but also to safeguard poor and vulnerable communities on the frontline of the climate threat. "And now more than ever we know that every bit of warming matters". "Nor are we bound to go and tip money into that big climate fund".

Pre-industrial levels refers to the climate before the industrial revolution when greenhouse gas emissions were stable.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Even if the World climate change has been played down by some world leaders like Donald Trump and others, the seeming consequences of the world climate change will wreak havoc on our world in the near different lands, there is occurrence of unprecedented Tsunami and earthquakes, The example of Indonesia strike by an quake illustrates the consequences of the climate change in our world where the death toll is reported to reach 2000.

The report stressed the half-degree difference was life changing.

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With the current global warming of 1ºC, the world is facing extreme weather changes, rising sea level, melting Arctic sea ice and many more changes.

Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II (which assesses the impacts of climate change) said the report gives policymakers and practitioners "the information they need to make decisions that tackle climate change while considering local context and people's needs".

In addition to the carbon tax, the federal government is moving on a number of fronts, both at home and internationally - phasing out coal-fired power; investing in public transit; requiring cleaner fuels; and financing clean technology development.

The summary backed the use of carbon pricing, and said governments needed to make a decisive shift towards renewable energy. "Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5°C, whereas virtually all ( 99 percent) would be lost with 2°C", as the IPCC related in the release.

The Nobel Prize-winning organisation said that the world was well off track in its goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5ºC and heading for 2ºC or more.

While more than 180 countries have accepted the report's summary, the U.S. (which is the second biggest emitter in the world) said that their acceptance of the report does not "imply endorsement" of the findings.

The data in the UN's new document is unlikely to sway Trump, who has vowed to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement and has taken steps to dismantle every major policy created to reduce the nation's carbon footprint.

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