United Nations panel urges fast action to avoid climate catastrophe

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Act Now, Idiots: Everything You Need To Know About The UN Climate Change Report

The report was prepared in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

And now, a new report from the United Nations' scientific panel on climate change got way more real than scientists had previously expected.

Greg Flato, a senior scientist with Environment Canada's climate research division and one of the IPCC special report's authors, said the report shows "emissions from all sectors will have to reduce rapidly in order to keep temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees".

Many in Trump's Republican party are self-described climate change skeptics, questioning whether the overwhelming consensus of scientists around the world about manmade causes for ever-rising temperatures is accurate.

"This is concerning because we know there are so many more problems if we exceed 1.5 degrees C global warming, including more heat waves and hot summers, greater sea level rise, and, for many parts of the world, worse droughts and rainfall extremes", Andrew King, a climate science academic at the University of Melbourne, said in a statement to CNN.

The landmark report released Monday said that time is running out to avert climate-induced disaster.

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At the Paris Agreement in 2015‚ 2 degrees was set as the ceiling we should aim to stay under‚ but that has now shifted to 1.5 degrees.

And if we hold warming to 1.5 degrees instead of 2 degrees, the report suggests global sea level rise will be a whole 10 centimetres lower - potentially stopping what the report describes as a "disproportionately rapid evacuation" of people from the tropics.

But the State Department also distanced itself from the scientific findings of the IPCC and questioned some of the model results, noting that sections of the report tied to the impacts of 1.5 degrees of warming are "more limited than many other aspects of the climate issue" and that much of the literature is "quite recent" (Climatewire, Oct. 9).

These carbon dioxide scrubbing techniques would be particularly vital if the global temperature were to briefly peak above 1.5°C before being wrestled back down below the target by the end of the century.

The dramatic report warned that the planet is now heading to warm by 3C.

"But it will require unprecedented and collective climate action in all areas". Since the mid-1800s the climate has already warmed by 1C.

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The newly published IPCC report highlights and compares the predicted severity of numerous climate change threats in scenarios with a 1.5°C, and 2°C temperature rise. Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5 °C, whereas virtually all ( 99 percent) would be lost with 2 °C.

He said the report "has sent the strongest message yet from the scientific community that the era of fossil fuels has to end soon if we are to protect the world from unsafe climate change and limit warming to 1.5°C". "The next few years are probably the most important in our history".

Countries will need to bring down their greenhouse gas to about half of 2010 levels by 2030 and to net zero by about 2050.

They'll need to speed up, and scale up, to succeed.

"Most current and potential [carbon dioxide removal] measures could have significant impacts on land, energy, water, or nutrients if deployed at large scale", the report said.

"We welcome the conclusions of this historic report, one that should give the global community not just a wake-up call, but also hope that we can avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change", said Bill Hare, Climate Analytics CEO.

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Where this new study from the IPCC differs from previous approaches is that it clearly links lifestyle choices with warming.

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