Canada's goals well below what's needed to stop catastrophic climate change

Cristina Cross
October 11, 2018

At the White House, Trump said he has not read it yet.

The burning of fossil fuels on an industrial scale has raised global temperatures by about 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). But in case you needed another reason to take climate change seriously, researchers have found that a rise in global temperatures is associated with an increase in mental health issues, linking the effects of climate change to mental health.

"One way we're each experiencing climate change today is in the form of extreme weather", writes Axios' Andrew Freedman in "Cheat sheet: How climate change affects our weather".

Trump tweeted in 2012 that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive". Warming beyond that level, to 2 degrees and over, would significantly exacerbate such disasters. It would be "unfair" to America to lead in this area, the president has said, explaining our withdrawal from global efforts to do what we can to lower hurtful emissions. When they say they'll take action on climate change through other means, they're not admitting that those other actions will cost industry and taxpayers more than the carbon tax in the long run. "So, even for regions or components of the climate system for which the difference between 1.5° and 2° doesn't represent a big threshold or tipping point, the impacts of climate change get considerably bigger".

Decades ago, Congress refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which represented the first step toward meaningful global action on climate in 1992.

There is threat that beyond rise of 1.5 deg C, humanity would enter the era of irreversible change.

"The likelihood of an Arctic Ocean free of sea ice in summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5 degrees celsius, compared with at least once per decade with 2 degrees celsius", the report says.

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Ms Marinova had presented a recently relaunched current affairs programme called Detector for the TVN television channel in Ruse. The journalists, Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov, had been detained in September for their work. "We have detained a man".

According to a United Nations scientific panel on climate change, if world leaders, corporations and citizens don't unite and radically transform their behaviors regarding our planet, doomsday will be on our doorstep. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach "net zero" around 2050. "We thought the world was ours and that we could do whatever we want to it, and we can already see how bad it has affected the Earth".

Added Mr. Endalew: "This I.P.C.C. report confirms that loss and damage resulting from climate change will only worsen with further warming with much greater losses at 2°C than at 1.5°C".

Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the International Panel on Climate Change report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The data in the UN's new document is unlikely to sway Trump, who has vowed to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement and has taken steps to dismantle every major policy created to reduce the nation's carbon footprint.

She then said that the Government would "make no apology" for its plans for "getting electricity prices down".

"I am anxious for kids and grandkids, and this just shows the things we can all do that affect our children and grandchildren", said Samantha Campbell, 20, a sophomore who is studying commercial songwriting.

Henn was actually responding to Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann who was pushing back against those criticizing the IPCC report as too "alarmist" in its declarations and warnings.

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