What's In a Half Degree?

21 Octobre, 2018, 13:01 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Historic global temperature change

These are significant changes we have to make and we've never had to do it at scale before.

The world has already passed one degree (1°C) of warming as carbon emissions have risen continuously since the 1850s. Such effort, they said, would have other positive results: Half as many people would suffer from lack of water; there would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases; seas would rise almost 4 inches less; there would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts; the West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting; and it just may be enough to save most of the world's coral reefs from dying. At 1.5°C, the global population experiencing difficulty obtaining fresh water could be 50 per cent lower than at 2°C.

As the profession most responsible for management through measurement, the task of ensuring widespread understanding, take-up, monitoring and reporting of progress on the SDGs will be a defining challenge for professional accountants.

To understand global warming, you first must know and understand greenhouse gases. Limiting warming to the lower goal is "not impossible but will require unprecedented changes", United Nations panel chief Hoesung Lee said in a news conference in which scientists repeatedly declined to spell out just how feasible that goal is. The IPCC agreed to provide a Special Report by 2018.

Avoiding the suffering that a plus-two degrees Celsius world would bring, the report says, requires such a thorough transformation of the world's economy, agriculture and culture that "there is no documented historical precedent". The report highlights that a failure to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels will only further exacerbate these severe weather events. The majority of university students will be starting families when we begin to see the effects of the "out of sight out of mind" impacts of climate change.

"What could be a better reason to tackle climate change than to improve and secure people's lives?"

Gutowski also said people need to remember that the implications caused by climate change have a much greater impact on people living in less developed areas than the USA and the U.S specifically has a responsibility to act because of the large amount of greenhouse gases are created by the US. That's the gist of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations group charged with monitoring global warming.

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"I think there may be more traction now for some type of carbon pricing", Mr. Raacke said.

The IPCC report issued at the start of the week took three years and focused on the slow drift towards the abyss even after the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a hopeful attempt to save the future of mankind. Vote for a healthy environment on November 6.

The landmark global agreement is aimed at combating climate change by taking actions and making investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future.

In the past, Trump has been criticized on his views about climate change. Renewable energy forms around 16 percent of India's energy mix, that share needs to increase drastically. Alternative energy sources such as wind and solar make up about 20 percent of the world's electricity mix today and would need to increase to almost 67 percent, according to the report. The officials he has appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency and other relevant parts of government are industry cronies and lobbyists far more interested in self-enrichment, padding their accounts, and helping their once-and-future employers than in doing their current jobs.

They are also becoming more interconnected.

A section of the act also provides for the establishment of the Renewable Energy Fund to serve the objective of providing financial resources for the promotion, development, sustainable management and utilisation of renewable energy sources.

For the purposes of achieving the objective of the fund, money from the fund shall be applied primarily to the provision of financial incentives, feed-in-tariffs, capital subsidies, production-based subsidies and equity participation for grid interactive renewable electricity, mini-grid and off-grid renewable power systems for remote areas and islands and renewable energy projects for non-electricity purposes.



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