Landmark Report From UN’s IPCC: Global Warming Maximum at 1.5ºC
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As Hurricane Michael is heading toward Florida and forecasted to make its landfall as a category 4 storm at the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott is declaring state of emergency in 35 Florida counties and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declaring state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama. Florida is preparing for the massive storm due to arrive while the new report from the United Nation’s climate panel is warning us that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The U.N. Meteorological Chief, Petteri Taalas, urges immediate and unprecedented changes to global policy in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5ºC. The IPCC report lays out several possible pathways to limit global warming to 1.5ºC: transition in land use and transportation systems, adoption of future technologies, including removing CO2 from the atmosphere. According to the report, global carbon net emission needs to fall by 45% from 2010 level by 2030, and reach net zero around 2050.
In the video “Climate Scientist:As U.N. arms of Global Catastrophe, We Need a “Marshall Plan” for Climate Change” below, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks with Kevin Anderson, Zennström professor in climate change leadership at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University and chair of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester in Britain. He says that the IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report fails to hold the world’s highest emitters accountable and argues a “Marshall Plan” for climate change is necessary to save the planet from destruction. “About 70 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide comes from about 20 percent of the world population. … When we try to address climate change and reduce our emissions by focusing on all 7.5 billion people, I think it misunderstands where the actual responsibility of emissions resides,” Anderson says. “We’re not developing policies that need to be tailored to that particular 20 percent.” He also stated that there has been much evidences that the severity of recent weather conditions such as hurricanes are due to climate change and burning of fossil fuels and releasing of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. He feels strongly that the U.S. meteorologists, during forecasts in USA, should clearly state the link between these severe weather conditions and additional warming we’ve put into the atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels. Anderson also reminds us that there will be much job opportunities in the retrofitting of current infrastructure to transition into technology suitable for 21st century, with cleaner and safer technology of the future.
Scientists say the world is completely off track, in the video “Why we’re heading for a ‘climate catastrophe‘” below:
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