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This is not a drill: Our final call to save the planet from rising temperatures

DESPITE decades of warnings from scientists on the dangers of climate change, the world is still failing to curb rising global temperatures and looks set to smash the 1.5-degree limit, threatening the very existence of some developing countries and society as we know it. The dramatic report from the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) explains how, on the current path, global temperatures will likely reach 3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This is significantly higher than the limit set in the Paris Climate Accord. The report also suggests that the absolute maximum increase of 2-degrees that was laid out in the Paris deal is not good enough, and a limit of 1.5-degrees would significantly reduce the anticipated damage. SEE ALSO: Global heatwave explained: Why the world is burning Troublingly, the IPCC expects the 1.5-degree threshold will likely be broken in just 12 years, by 2030. While the panel points at public bodies for not acting fast enough on scientists’ warnings about climate change, they also say it’s not too late. But if the worst impacts of climate change are to be avoided, government’s have to act now. To avoid catastrophic effects, it will require urgent action and a whole lot of money, the report says. We will need to invest around 2.5 percent of global GDP every year for the next two decades. And it will require a complete shift in how we think about energy, land management, and transportation systems. Firefighters try to extinguish flames during a wildfire at the village of Kineta, near Athens, on July 24, 2018. Source: Valerie Gache/AFP It will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” the report says, and will need an annual average investment of US$2.4 trillion between 2016 and 2035. While that sounds like a lot, the... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, This is not a drill: Our final call to save the planet from rising temperatures, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you This is not a drill: Our final call to save the planet from rising temperatures

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 8 October, 2018

 

 

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