UN climate panel to explore 1.5-degree warming goal

April 14, 2016
This is a Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 file photo of birds as they fly past at sun set as smoke emits from a chimney at a factory in Ahmadabad, India. The U.N.'s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. Temperatures have already risen almost 1 degree C (1.8 F) since humans started burning fossil fuels—the biggest source of greenhouse gases—on an industrial scale in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)

The U.N.'s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agreed Thursday to explore the issue after a request by world governments in Paris last December.

Many scientists say it will be virtually impossible to keep warming below that level without removing vast quantities of heat-trapping greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Temperatures have already risen almost 1 degree C (1.8 F) since humans started burning fossil fuels—the biggest source of greenhouse gases—on an industrial scale in the 19th century.

Meeting in Nairobi, the IPCC also said it will release its sixth assessment of in 2020-2022.

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Shootist
1.7 / 5 (6) Apr 14, 2016
UN panel seeks additional means to separate citizens from their assets.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (5) Apr 14, 2016
UN panel seeks additional means to separate citizens from their assets.


If it were about separating citizens from their assets the best MOD would be to just keep pumping greenhouse gasses into the air. Citizens would have to pay huge taxes to keep coastal cities fortified (or relocated), for border patrols and/or wars to keep the people hit by drought out, and to subsidize farmers hit by radical weather events.

So if you really want to pay through your nose: keep up decrying climate change as a fable. Politicians (especially the radical ones) and big business will love you for it.
gkam
2 / 5 (4) Apr 14, 2016
The glaciers of Asia are thinning and retreating. They feed over a billion people. What will they do when they run out of water?

Cam we just send them to the Deniers?
leetennant
5 / 5 (1) Apr 18, 2016
#headdesk

We're going to be at 1.5 before they even start talking about it. If this was happening 20 years ago that'd be something but *we're out of time*. And these are the same economies that have stalled the steps we needed to take to meet these targets in the first place.

COP21 should have committed to 1.5 and made it happen. Now we're just talking earnestly while Nero fiddles.

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