Trump questions UN global warming report

Melbourne Australia. In November 2016 French owners of the Hazelwood Power Station Engie announced plans to shut the brown coal fuelled power station citing lack of commercial viability and environ

Melbourne Australia. In November 2016 French owners of the Hazelwood Power Station Engie announced plans to shut the brown coal fuelled power station citing lack of commercial viability and environ

The country recently faced one of the most serious droughts and water crises in its history as the City of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay approached "Day Zero" and as the Highveld was without water for 2016.

In the SR15, specific mention was made about food security, in which it warned of reduction in yields of rice, a staple food and key agricultural product of many southeast Asian countries, as well as maize, wheat and other cereal crops.

After the report's publication there were headlines like: "We have 12 years to act on climate change before the world as we know it is lost". And that would have the side benefit of avoiding more than 100 million premature deaths through this century, the report said. In the United States, people in positions of power have known about human-caused climate change and its impacts for decades.

Starting in 1994, a central aim of the UN's climate change efforts (the Framework Convention on Climate Change, or UNFCCC) was to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would "prevent risky anthropogenic interference with the climate system".

The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, was reported to have told European Union environment ministers that she would make the request to the Committee on Climate Change on Monday, asking them to review the country's 2050 emissions targets to ensure that they were in line with keeping the rise in global temperature to 1.5ºC.

Emissions reductions could still salvage the Paris Agreement's 2 degree C goal. It also is influential driver to alter the mind and will of political leaders, including the climate-deniers as well as the stallers and breakers of the global consensus.

By limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the report says, the world has a better chance to reduce risky ocean warming and acidity, which threatens marine biodiversity, fisheries, coral reefs and Arctic sea ice. The report said warmer water coral reefs "will largely disappear".

A climate change report issued by leading scientists could be linked to the extreme weather seen throughout the local area this summer. How much more urgent can it get?" and "Science pronounces its verdict: "World to be doomed at 2°C, less unsafe at 1.5°C" and "A major new climate report slams the door on wishful thinking". "This will, however, require an vast worldwide effort and collaboration".

"We have a monumental task in front of us, but it is not impossible", Mahowald said earlier. The use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) needs to be radically reduced by 2030: coal by 67%, oil by 50% and gas by 33%. At 2.0°C global warming, Botswana would experience warming of 2.8°C. Without significant intervention, the atmospheric temperature is on track to increase almost three degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2040.

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At the current rate of temperature rise, the world is likely to reach the 1.5°C threshold between 2030 and 2052, he added. Unprecedented heat waves. Devastating floods. Yachts lie dry with dead fish visible on the parched bed of the dam.

- Andree Boehling is Greenpeace Africa Climate & Energy Campaigner. "This is inconsistent with our Paris Accord goals". We can't look exclusively at climate change only in terms of climate change - we need to stress sustainable development, fairness, alleviating poverty.

This week's report from worldwide scientists was stark and urgent. The report also waded into murky questions about ethics and values, stressing that governments must address climate change and sustainable development in parallel, or risk exacerbating poverty and inequality.

The landmark Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 by 195 nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 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°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels". The actions demand that all institutions withdraw their support from the fossil fuel industry and stand up to them before it's too late.

"Findings issued today by the world's preeminent climate scientists urgently underscore the need to dramatically step up global action against climate change", Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, said in a statement.

People forget this is a governmental project run through the United Nations - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - not just a scientific one. This means that we would have to be more ambitious in our actions to cut emissions and invest much more in building climate resilience in the country. We need to be in the operating room rather than the hallway.

Scholes says there is a need for climate leadership "which speaks in one voice across government departments" and between the private and public sectors and civil society.

In brief, the researchers say that there is a lack of understanding about these technologies as well as a lack of knowledge of what might occur if these are put to use.

He said "I have read portions of the report and it's spot on".

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