Like superheroes, their job is to save the planet and this week 180 climate scientists will meet in Edinburgh to plan their next move. To be technical, they are Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – but clearly that doesn’t sound so exciting. Six months ago, the IPCC warned the world that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented” changes were needed if the climate crisis was to be tackled effectively. Those same scientists will this week begin the next phase of that work in Scotland’s capital. Co-chair, Prof Jim Skea, who is originally from Dundee, said: “Our ambition is to equip governments with the information they need to act now, keeping in mind the goals of the Paris Agreement and national ambitions to achieve net zero emissions.” The Paris Agreement, reached in 2015, committed the world’s nations to keeping global temperature rises “well below” 2C and “endeavour to limit” them to 1.5C. But, after years of research, the IPCC warned in October 2018 that almost all the world’s coral reefs would be destroyed if the higher temperature was reached. The work beginning in Edinburgh will assess the mitigation of climate change – that is, what can be done to slow it down.
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SURGING levels of concern about climate change have left 70% of people in Scotland supporting further action across a range of sectors to tackle it, according to a new survey. YouGov’s research for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) comes as the world’s leading climate scientists – the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – gather in Edinburgh this week, and as Holyrood prepares to debate the Scottish Government’s Climate Bill for the first time tomorrow .The IPCC delivered last year’s landmark warning about the urgent need to rapidly change our economies and societies to avoid increased global warming. According to the survey, 78% of respondents are either more concerned about climate change or as concerned as they were 12 months ago; one in three are more concerned now than a year ago; 70% support Scotland taking greater action in transport, food and homes to tackle climate change; and 88% of SNP voters support Scotland taking greater action over the next few years across similar sectors to prevent climate change. It also showed the most common reasons for fears over the issue are concern for future generations (71%), threat to wildlife (65%), natural disasters (62%) and rising sea levels (60%). Gail Wilson, SCCS campaigns manager, said: “This new polling shows that people in Scotland recognise the seriousness of the situation and want more action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As 200 leading UN scientists from around the world gather in Edinburgh this week, MSPs at Holyrood must take note of the growing clamour for urgent action on climate change.
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One person’s collated precis-for-the-busy of the last three months in the related dramas of climate change, energy transition, big tech and the future of civilisation. The slideshow is derived, as ever, from entries in the Future Today chronology.
Jeremy Leggett 1st April 2019 read more »