The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say

Oct 9, 2018

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis

The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change.

With global emissions showing few signs of slowing and the United States — the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide — rolling back a suite of Obama-era climate measures, the prospects for meeting the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris agreement look increasingly slim. To avoid racing past warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over preindustrial levels would require a “rapid and far-reaching” transformation of human civilization at a magnitude that has never happened before, the group found.

“There is no documented historic precedent” for the sweeping change to energy, transportation and other systems required to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrote in a report requested as part of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

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5 comments on “The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say

  • I see there are chronically stupid, reckless, corrupt, and incompetent politicians operating in the Southern hemisphere, as well as in North America, while being just as impervious to evidence and reason!

    The Australian government has backed coal-fired power, despite the recommendations of a major report on climate change.

    Phasing out coal is considered crucial to limiting global warming to within 1.5C, as set out in the UN report released yesterday.

    Australia’s deputy prime minister has said the country should “absolutely” continue to use and exploit its coal.

    But China remains the world’s biggest coal consumer.

    In addition, China has restarted work at hundreds of coal-fired power stations, according to an analysis of satellite imagery.

    The Guardian reports that Michael McCormack, Australia’s Deputy PM, said his government would not change policy “just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do”.

    Yeh! I mean those scientists think like him and just make stuff up off the cuff!
    Don’t they!!! 🙂

    He added that coal provided 60% of Australia’s electricity, 50,000 jobs and was the country’s biggest export.

    It would seem that this know-it-all blockhead, is blind to the vast potential of solar, tidal, and wind power, in Australia!

    Perhaps as the climate produces more intense cyclones, droughts, wild-fires, destruction of reefs and fisheries, and heatwaves, the populations might come to think a few lynchings or show trials, could help to focus political minds on matters beyond personal monetary profit!!
    People went NAZI hunting after the damage of WW2!

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    German satellites sense Earth’s lumps and bumps

    The German space agency (DLR) has released a spectacular 3D map of Earth.

    Built from images acquired by two radar satellites, it traces the variations in height across all land surfaces – an area totalling more than 148 million sq km.

    DLR is making the map free and open, enabling any scientist to download and use it.

    There will be myriad applications, from forecasting where flood waters flow to planning big infrastructure projects.

    Now what possible use could the Trump voters in Florida or the Caribbean Gulf states have for this sciency stuff, when the White-House assures them none of those energy enhanced storms are really happening, so they don’t need science advisors!???? 🙂

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  • I suppose it was predictable that the US Head of Stupidity, Science Denial, and Trumponomics, would have some comment on the latest IPCC climate warnings!

    US President Donald Trump has accused climate change scientists of having a “political agenda” as he cast doubt on whether humans were responsible for the earth’s rising temperatures.

    Well spotted Sherlock!
    I think the agenda was trying to save the planet from the chronically greedy stupid, and protect its citizens from increasingly severe weather events!

    Last week’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the leading international body evaluating climate change – warned the world was heading towards a temperature rise of 3C.

    Scientists say that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity – which has caused approximately 1C of global warming above pre-industrial levels.

    What did Trump say about climate change?

    During Sunday’s interview, Mr Trump cast doubt on making any changes, saying the scientists “have a very big political agenda”.

    “I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think there’s probably a difference,” he told journalist Lesley Stahl.

    “But I don’t know that it’s manmade.

    I’m sure we could fill entire high-school science, geography and history libraries, with the stuff Trump does not know! – or does not want to know!

    I will say this.
    I don’t want to give trillions and trillions of dollars.

    Except of course in tax-cuts to his pals, tax relief to churches and religious enterprises, in tariffs paid on US goods to foreign governments, or spent on excessive quantities of military hardware!

    I don’t want to lose millions and millions of jobs.
    I don’t want to be put at a disadvantage.”

    Which is unfortunately just what his policies of hiding evidence and obstructing moves to sustainable less polluting systems, is very likely to cause in the costs of increasing natural disasters, floods, storms, droughts, crop-failures, wild-fires, rising sea-levels, and insurance claims related to these! There are also likely to be medical costs from his “relaxed attitude” to pollution!

    Mr Trump added that temperatures “could very well go back” – although he did not say how.

    BBBBbbbut temperatures HAVE to go back! Trump has said so – and will likely sign a Presidential decree telling them to go back if they don’t jump to it! 🙂

    He will probably also make a Canute Edict, ordering the rising seas and tidal surges to go back!

    That should sound sufficiently plausible to Trump-base! 🙂

    And in the US itself, the solar industry is creating far more jobs than the coal sector. Does the president know that?

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    The UK is taking a tentative step towards a radical “green” future with zero emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The government is formally seeking Committee on Climate Change guidance about how and when to make this leap.

    . . . and pretending it wants to listen!

    If it happens it would mark an extraordinary transformation of an economy built on burning fossil fuels.

    The decision was prompted by last week’s UN report warning that CO2 emissions must be stopped completely to avoid dangerous climate disruption.

    Climate minister Claire Perry told BBC News: “The report was a really stark and sober piece of work – a good piece of work.

    “Now we know what the goal is and we know what some of the levers are.

    “But for me, the constant question is what is the cost and who’s going to bear that, both in the UK and in the global economy.

    . . . showing that she is too dim or bent, to work out the real cost of failure, or the profits from renewables, and is in any case a stooge of the carbon industries!

    Ms Perry has declared this week to be Green GB Week, which aims to raise debate in society about how to tackle climate change while also growing the economy.

    Of course we should not be conned by this Tory government of Brexiteers, who continue to dither over tidal barrage schemes, and have just let fracking go ahead!

    Green groups have derided recent environmentally-damaging policies like expanding Heathrow, promoting fracking, freezing fuel duty, virtually banning onshore wind power, scrapping solar subsidies, and cancelling zero carbon homes.

    Only last week the government reduced subsidies for electric cars. And the UK’s export credit agency – which underwrites risky export deals to boost international trade – announced it is considering finance for an expansion of an oil refinery in Bahrain.

    The campaign group Global Witness said this made the UK’s claim to global climate leadership “laughable”.

    Fracking for shale gas has begun for the first time in the UK since it was linked with earthquakes in 2011.

    Energy firm Cuadrilla confirmed the controversial process had started at its site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire after a legal challenge failed on Friday.

    When listening to these fanciful stooges, we should not confuse what they say, with what they do! Words from politicians are very cheap when spoken, but have a habit of being extremely costly later!

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  • Meanwhile: there are those who actually take commercial sustainable energy systems seriously!

    Scottish Power will become the first major UK energy company to generate all its electricity from wind power instead of coal and gas, after selling its final gas and hydro stations to Drax.

    Power company Drax has paid £702m for the rest of Scottish Power’s conventional generation business.

    Scottish Power plans to invest £5.2bn over four years to more than double its renewables capacity.

    Chief executive Keith Anderson said it was a “pivotal shift” for the firm.

    “We are leaving carbon generation behind for a renewable future powered by cheaper green energy. We have closed coal, sold gas and built enough wind to power 1.2 million homes,” he said.

    Scottish Power has closed all of its coal plants in the past decade and has 2,700 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity operating or under construction in the UK.

    It also has projects planned that can generate more than 3,000 MW. Its four-year plan aims to make electricity “cleaner and cheaper for Britain“.

    Ignacio Galan, chairman of Scottish Power’s Spanish owner, Iberdrola, said energy companies needed to be part of the solution to climate change.

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