Indias climate change dilemma: Do more while US shrugs off responsibility?

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

President Trump expressed skepticism yesterday about a major United Nations report on climate change that warned of irreversible warming if the world fails to act immediately.

The letter comes as an IPCC special report on the impact of global warming has highlighted that the world is completely off track on keeping the temperature rise under 1.5 degrees C.

"Limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared with 2°C would reduce challenging impacts on ecosystems, human health and well-being, making it easier to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", said Priyardarshi Shukla, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III, referring to the 17 Goals adopted by UN Member States three years ago to protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Florida is a state that is expected to be heavily affected by rising sea levels expected with global warming. Instead we have President Donald Trump, who essentially says, "Hey, let's all head to the dark, creepy basement where the chain saws and razor-sharp axes are kept".

Our analysis of the effect in Botswana and Namibia of 1.5°C, 2.0°C and higher levels of global warming shows that they're likely to get hotter, drier and more water-stressed.

As NM Political Report has reported numerous times, including last summer, the U.S. Southwest is warming more quickly than other places on the planet. Together, higher temperatures and precipitation changes will decrease soil moisture and increase drought. In other words, we had more growth and less pollution - the best of all worlds. Carbon Capture and Storage has not yet been proven to be an economic solution-without a price penalizing carbon emissions, adoption of CCS techniques are prohibitively expensive.

"I'm anxious for kids and grandkids", says MTSU Sophomore Samantha Campbell when discussing her views on climate change in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the "lights would go out on the east coast of Australia" if coal was phased out.

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The scientists wrote that globally, human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide "would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching "net zero" around 2050".

Canadian investigative researcher and author, Donna Laframboise, revealed in her 2011 book "The Delinquent Teenager..." that the IPCC reports were unduly influenced by ENGOs Greenpeace and WWF.

But meeting the more ambitious goal of slightly less warming would require immediate, draconian cuts in emissions of heat-trapping gases and dramatic changes in the energy field. On Wednesday, he claimed that the panel, recognized by others as the world's leading authority on climate change, had been "totally discredited" and dismissed its latest findings.

That's right - the one country that pulled out of the phony Paris Climate Accord reduced its carbon emissions by 0.5 percent, the most of all major countries. He founded New America, a public policy think-tank.

Trump tweeted in 2012 that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".

But the premier, who has said previously that coral and coal can coexist, says nothing about her government's policies will change on the back of this week's IPCC report. Lomborg notes that, with a well designed and coordinated climate policy (i.e. the opposite of what European and North American governments have now), the annual costs will reach US $3.3 trillion, "more than twice what EU governments spend today on health, education, recreation, housing, environment, police and defense combined".

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