UN Says Canada Needs to Cut Emissions to Stop Catastrophic Climate Change

Christopher Davidson
October 13, 2018

Apollos Nwafor, pan Africa director of Oxfam International, said, "Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse".

In order to reach this, society will need to make "unprecedented" changes including closing hundreds of coal-fired power stations and rapidly switching to renewable energy. If there was a global increase in temperature of just 2 degrees Celsius, it would spell widespread disaster and the world may only have 12 years left. Today at only 1.1° of warming globally, crops and livestock across the region are being hit and hunger is rising, with poor small-scale women farmers, living in rural areas suffering the most.

The report was reviewed by competent parties in the Republic of Korea on October 8, he said. Lee believed that its scientific research will help Vietnam, as well as other countries vulnerable to climate change, draw up rational plans in response to climate change and its effects.

The islands of our archipelago are for the most part low-lying and, even if the rise in temperatures is limited to the earlier worldwide target of less than 2 degrees Celsius, this could be disastrous for The Bahamas because so much of our landmass is already threatened by higher sea levels and flooding.

Countries should now strive to keep the Earth's temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) instead of the 2°C target agreed to at the Paris Agreement talks in 2015, urges the United Nations.

Droughts and food shortages will likely increase as well, leading to conflicts and heightened levels of terrorism. Since the mid-1800s the climate has already warmed by 1C.

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He said that the European Union needs to increase its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target to 45 per cent "to be in line with the IPCC's recommendations on 1.5°C pathways".

With that in mind, the report calls for huge changes in land, energy, industry, buildings, and transportation-use and across cities everywhere. Any additional emissions will require removing Carbon dioxide from the air.

But the report warns that "the effectiveness of such techniques are unproven at large scale and some may carry significant risks for sustainable development". Under the Paris climate agreement, nations agreed in 2015 that they would take actions to limit global warming to 2°C while striving for the even tougher target of 1.5°C.

The UN Secretary-General said that the Katowice conference was a "can't-fail moment".

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that climate change is a major issue for the whole world, adding the government is helping all the states to implement their climate action programmes.

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