The world leaders have this week been reminded once more about what we've always known living in this part of the world, where the impacts of climate change are severe, scary and deadly.
The New York Times reported on October 8, 2018 that the United Nations climate report known as SR15 calls for high carbon taxes from $135 to $5,500/ton while a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Bjorn Lomborg of October 9, 2018 says the costs of proposed CO2 cuts are not worth it, leading Friends of Science Society to slam the United Nations report as Goldilocks thinking without any rational cost-benefit analysis or practical plan.
"It's totally unrealistic", Sen. If the flow of greenhouse gases continues to stream into the atmosphere at the current rate, the IPCC determined, the global mean temperature will likely rise to the 1.5-degree mark sometime between 2030 and 2052.
"We have no more time for complacency or delay". The report specifically looks at a warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This quick commitment confirms just how serious they are.
"There's not enough money in the world to pay for that", Kennedy said.
Drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN's climate change body, the report calls for "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".
"How is that new?"
"Let's live without them, and start talking", he said.
As for the droughts reportedly causing wildfires in the western US, "the IPCC admits there is "low confidence in the sight of drought trends since 1950 at global scale" and that "there are 'likely to be trends in some regions of the world, ' including increasing droughts in the Mediterranean and decreasing droughts in parts of North America". He wouldn't commit himself to doing so.More news: Google unveils its own Chrome OS tablet, the Pixel Slate
"Farmers are committed to farming sustainably into the future", she said.
BECCS is a theory for "negative emissions" using large scale plant growth to absorb Carbon dioxide; the crops are burned to create energy while the Carbon dioxide is captured and buried in the ground.
If humans don't drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, we will not stop warming that's expected to have widespread and catastrophic impacts upon the Earth's ecosystems.
"We need to see an initial acknowledgement of how significant this report is for the Caribbean and then I hope that what is going to be happening is that the region is going to unpack the full significance of the larger report and use it as the basis of its negotiations, the basis of the planning for our countries - for adaptation, for mitigation". Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he said he was looking at the "possibility" of holding a hearing on the matter. Poorer countries, which may have had less to do with creating global warming in the Industrial Revolution, will, however, suffer more.
Coming from a top oil-producing state, Inhofe has long railed against the IPCC as a biased, left-wing organization.
"Natural gas flaring and leaks are wasteful, pollute the air we breathe, and undermine our best efforts to grapple with climate change", he said, calling for "significant" investments in clean, efficient energy production.
Closer to home, the message from the Director General of S.P.R.E.P., Leota Kosi Latu, perhaps sums up well how all of us in this part of the world view the I.P.C.C's latest report.
California and 17 other states collectively representing more than 40 percent of the U.S. auto market sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this year to preserve the nation's uniform vehicle emission standards that save drivers money at the pump, cut oil consumption, reduce air pollution and curb greenhouse gases.