Trump questions United Nations global warming report

Olive Hawkins
October 10, 2018

The Labor party has capitalised on the IPCC report and used it to demonstrate the their view that the Coalition isn't unified on its' approach to climate change and that more conservative elements of the party are undermining the Government's ability to put forward sensible policy in regards to emissions reduction.

According to the IPCC's special report, if the Earth's temperature increases by more than 1.5°C, the changes will be "long-lasting" and "irreversible". It notes that the contributions of glaciers to sea level rise in the present century can not be distinguished statistically. The reality of the world today is that climate change is now happening at such an alarmingly fast rate that we may only have 12 years left before hundreds of millions of people are in peril of losing everything. "We're starting to see a wider acceptance that more needs to be done to fight climate change, and CCS is part of this "more". For climate change "hotspots" - hot, dry and water-stressed countries like Botswana and Namibia in southern Africa - local warming and drying will be greater than the global average. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) declared it had "high confidence" in its predictions.

Emissions will need to fall 45 per cent from 2010 levels - or 58 per cent from current levels - by 2030, the IPCC said. The added Carbon dioxide emissions can in no way be sustainable, not least in the land of the "Airpocalypse"; and nor is the economics.

As NM Political Report has reported numerous times, including last summer, the U.S. Southwest is warming more quickly than other places on the planet.

Participants at the dialogue discussed activities relating to climate change response in Vietnam and seek solutions to promoting cooperation between the scientific community, entrepreneurs, organisations, partners, and individuals committed to adaptation to climate change. There would be fewer heat waves, lower levels of sea level rise, less extreme loss of sea ice, of coral reefs and of endangered species, fewer droughts and lower levels of crop loss. 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.

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Australia, the planet's biggest coal exporter and the fourth biggest producer, won't stop using coal to power the generators that produce its electricity.

"When the federal government fails to act, we must look to states, cities, and the private sector to redouble their efforts", Udall added.

Wendel Trio, director of CAN Europe, one of the signatories, said: "The sooner and the more we invest in the clean energy transition, the better for citizens and our economies".

Otherwise, said the Democratic senator, "New Mexico will continue to face disproportionately severe effects from climate change, like ongoing and worsening drought".

The letter said that since the European Union budget funds programmes for energy, transport, agriculture, buildings, waste and global cooperation, it has "great potential" to support action on climate change.

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