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Climate Target, UN Report : 'Mission Impossible'

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  • Climate Target, UN Report : 'Mission Impossible'

    From , 01 Oct 2018
    The Jakarta Post
    Title : UN report on 'mission impossible' climate target: Key points
    By : Marlowe Hood , Agence France-Presse

    [... At current levels of greenhouse gas emissions, ... we will zoom past the 1.5C/2.7F (temperature rise) marker around 2040...
    To have at least a 50/50 chance of a 1.5C world, the global economy must, by 2050, become "carbon neutral," with no additional CO2 going into the atmosphere.
    Carbon dioxide emissions, meanwhile, should peak not later than 2020, and curve sharply downward from there.
    To date ... after remaining stable for three years -- raising hopes the peak had come -- emissions rose in 2017 to historic levels...
    Some tropical fisheries are likely to collapse somewhere between the 1.5C and 2C benchmark; staple food crops will decline in yield and nutrition an extra 10 to 15 percent; coral reefs will mostly perish; the rate of species loss will accelerate.
    Most worrying of all, perhaps, are temperature thresholds between 1.5C and 2C that could push Arctic sea ice, methane-laden permafrost, and melting polar ice sheets with enough frozen water to lift oceans by a dozen meters, past a point of no return...]
    Last edited by marcus; 27-03-20, 18:36.

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    I am very pessimistic about this because under the current level of knowledge , we humans need either to make lifestyle sacrifices or spend more money to buy/invest in less polluting products , behaviors that we humans in general , naturally don't have .
    Not considering : the increasing human population (which means more pollution) , that all governments want economical growth (which in general result in more pollution) , that ordinary people are not aware of the problem - some people are aware but don't believe there is a problem , ..