By approaching 2100, a world set for 3.4˚C will, on present trends, probably be the reality confronting our descendants – slightly less warm than looked likely a year ago, analysts think. That’s the good news, you could say. But the bad news is twofold. First, this improvement in planetary prospects will still leave the global temperature increase more than twice as high as the internationally agreed target of 1.5˚C. And secondly, it depends largely on the efforts of just two countries – China and India. They have made significant progress in tackling climate change in the last twelve months. In contrast, a report by the analysts, from the Climate Action Tracker(CAT), says that not only US climate policy has been rolled back under President Trump. Most individual governments’ climate commitments are going in the wrong direction.
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NICOLA Sturgeon used her landmark address at the UN Climate Change conference in Germany to call on the world’s developed nations to take urgent actions to “turn the ambitions of Paris into reality”. The First Minister was one of the main speakers at the event in Bonn, addressing an audience of heads of state and ministers with her appeal for the Paris climate accord to be implemented. At previous conferences, Scotland has spoken on the fringes but yesterday the First Minister was asked to speak to the main hall on behalf of the world’s regions and devolved governments. She told delegates: “We must now urgently agree the specific pledges – and agree the operating manual which will enable us to limit global temperature increases to well below 2C and preferably below 1.5C. “Now , that doesn’t simply require impressive targets for the next two decades. It requires urgent action in the next two years as well and it requires all countries, developed countries especially, to contribute fair shares.” The Scottish Government has set a target to reduce emissions by 42 per cent by 2020.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to make an early decision on the date Scotland seeks to aspire to cut emissions output to zero. In a keynote speech to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP23, in Bonn, Ms Sturgeon pointed to the Scottish Government’s commitment eight years ago to cut 2020 emissions by 42 per cent. She said: “We are on course to meet that target and are now proposing to increase our ambition for the years beyond. That includes coming to an early decision on when we will aim to reach net zero emissions. “Scotland will go further where we can – for example we have recently set an earlier target than the UK for phasing out new diesel and petrol cars.”
Herald 16th Nov 2017 http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15663742.Sturgeon_pledges_early_decision_on_date_for_cutting_emissions_output_to_zero/
Senior scientist Dr Erik Ivins said: “As cities and countries attempt to build plans to mitigate flooding, they have to be thinking about 100 years in the future and they want to assess risk in the same way that insurance companies do.” And this new tool provided a way for them to work out which ice sheets they should be “most worried about”. It suggests that in London sea-level rise could be significantly affected by changes in the north-western part of the Greenland ice sheet.
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