Scientists say we have to make “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” to our lifestyles, in order to avoid severely damaging climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued a report detailing the impact of global warming at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. Across the world we’re on course for global warming at double this temperature if we don’t change the way we live. We asked you to put your questions to us relating to this recent warning of climate change catastrophe. Here’s a selection of them.
BBC 9th Oct 2018 read more »
Planting forests covering an area the size of Brazil may hold the key to preventing dangerous extremes of global warming, the boss of Royal Dutch Shell has suggested. Ben van Beurden said its analysis showed that the world could not meet the Paris climate pact’s aim of limiting temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels simply by switching to green energy. Even if wind and solar power were deployed as fast as is technically possible, extra measures such as planting trees that absorb carbon from the atmosphere would be needed. “What we think can be done is massive reforestation,” he told the Oil & Money conference yesterday. “If you think of extra reforestation, so another Brazil in terms of rainforest, you can get to 1.5C.”
Times 10th Oct 2018 read more »
Could a vast underwater wall in front of an unstable glacier prevent dangerous sea level rise? Or should everyone just move further inland? The combination of warmer air temperatures and warmer waters that accompany human-triggered climate change is dangerous: it could for instance accelerate the already alarming retreat of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica, which alone shores up enough ice to raise global sea levels by up to 3 metres. The scientists don’t propose an immediate start. But they do want to explore ways of halting sea level rise driven by global warming that could soon be costing the world $50 trillion a year in economic losses, that could submerge small island states and turn 1 million people a year into climate migrants.
Climate News Network 10th Oct 2018 read more »