WHITE HOUSE: Trump questions global report on climate change

11 October, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

At 1.5 degrees of warming, compared with pre-industrial levels, as much as 90 per cent of the world's coral reefs will die, and virtually all would be lost if temperatures rose two degrees, or about twice the increase so far. Hot summers will become more frequent, and, wrote federal scientists in 2017, if carbon emissions remain high and water management systems aren't changed, chronic, long-term drought is increasingly possible by the end of the century.

As well, there is a chance to save the coral reefs with 1.5 C warming, as opposed to no chance at 2 C, according to the report.

California and 17 other states collectively representing more than 40 percent of the U.S. auto market sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year to preserve the nation's uniform vehicle emission standards that save drivers money at the pump, cut oil consumption, reduce air pollution and curb greenhouse gases. This conference, also known as COP24 under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) is designated as the context for the completion and adoption of the "rulebook" of guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Emissions will need to fall 45 per cent from 2010 levels - or 58 per cent from current levels - by 2030, the IPCC said. For us, this means reducing meat consumption and dairy intake, choosing public transportation or switching to electric and hybrid vehicles and demanding companies to supply low-carbon products for purchase.

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

"I am going to consider things that I think will ensure that we get electricity prices down when it comes to energy". But it wasn't necessarily new.

Tim Buckley said if all those plans come to pass, the rest of the world's cuts won't be enough to compensate for that increase.


The findings of this new report are terrifying, to say the least, and if we do not act quickly to try and reverse some of the effects of climate change we could very well all be staring in the reality of a disaster movie. Switching away rapidly from fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas to do this could be three to four times more expensive than the less ambitious goal, but it would clean the air of other pollutants.

While it's likely that the developed world will witness ongoing bitter debates over policy toward fossil fuels, the actual key to the IPCC target is China, and to a lesser extent the rest of developing Asia.

Decades ago, Congress refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which represented the first step toward meaningful global action on climate in 1992. It also said that employing new technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be necessary to achieve the emissions target.

In a report released by the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the world's leading climate scientists asserted that worldwide emissions must get to 0 by 2050 in order to prevent global warming reaching the "tipping point" of 2 degrees Celsius.

All those initiatives and studies ended once Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January 2011.

"It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it, you know, which group drew it", Trump said at the White House on Tuesday before heading to an Iowa campaign rally, The Hill reported.

The IPCC is the global body for assessing the science related to climate change. Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the special report.

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