Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic

Christopher Davidson
October 21, 2018

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive". The authors of the IPCC report said the world economy has to be completely transformed within a few years.

Back in December 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was designed as an worldwide agreement - no less - that was supposed to bind 192 parties (191 states) in committing to reduce emissions of the six main greenhouse gases, all deemed the main culprits of global warming.

Arctic: The Arctic has already warmed at about double the rate of the planet as a whole, causing permafrost to thaw and sea ice to steadily melt. Greenhouse gases are effectively harmless at this point, it's what makes Earth inhabitable.

In effect, what was supposed to be binding was hollowed out by the defaulting of the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases at the time and the weak penalties imposed on non-compliant parties, which could in the end entirely escape their responsibilities as demonstrated by Canada when it withdrew from the protocol in 2011.

For India, the drastic change in climatic conditions that is higher than global averages, besides leading to widespread human suffering, has serious economic dimensions. So how do humans produce so many greenhouse gases? Environmental risks, particularly climate change, are already demanding a new level of precision when it comes to analysis, monitoring and reporting.

The only way to take a step towards reversing climate change is by electing individuals who will vote for science.

The governments take climate change very seriously these days, but they worry that too much frankness about the cost of going past 1.5C will create irresistible pressure on them to take radical action now.

US Senator Jeff Merkley likewise reacted on Trump's statement: "Trump saying he has a natural instinct for science is like Hulk Hogan saying he has a natural instinct for ballet".

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Third, we know that digital technology and the rise of data analytics and artificial intelligence are growing in application for the profession. We know it's huge. This is life itself. According to the United Nations, "climate change had the potential to worsen [low-income families] situation [s] and thereby worsen pre-existent inequalities".

In reaction to the heads of state and governments' decision, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe Director Wendel Trio said on Thursday: "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientists gave our leaders a to-do list for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change".

President Donald Trump has rejected climate science and climate policy. In tweets he has said "It's really cold outside, they are calling it a major freeze, weeks ahead of normal".

What a far way the website has come in the 12 years I have been using it. "Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?". By 2040, more species will face extinction, and both flooding and drought will increase varying on geographic location. Malnutrition and disease will increase in places like Africa, and most coral reefs will disappear.

Extreme weather around the globe is certainly nothing new. If suppressing global warming is as hard as I've argued, one likely response is a series of half measures that don't much affect global warming but do weaken economic growth. What is most striking about the new IPCC report-apart from its implied call for a global climate Marshall Plan-is the contrast of its message to the priorities of the Trump administration, a loyal servant of the fossil fuel industry.

"Government must develop the necessary regulations or legislative instruments in pursuance of the Renewable Energy Act", she posited. Trump has also stalled the fight against climate change by pulling out of the Paris Agreement.

Many Republican Climate Caucus members, including Curbelo, could lose their seats if a "blue wave" of Democratic support washes in and flips the House of Representatives. This document is written mostly by government representatives and also has to be approved by them. They are also doing things such as reducing water waste, buying better bulbs, investing in energy-efficient appliances, driving fuel-efficient vehicles, and limiting the use of planes, trains, and automobiles as their mode of transportation. This will help us meet our global demand for energy while conserving nature and improving people's lives.

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