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United Nations climate report tells us our future

Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment.

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The UN’s scientific panel on climate change has made new discoveries in their report this year regarding the expanded causes and effects of global warming and the immediacy for us to hit the brakes on greenhouse gas emissions.

The report states that avoiding irreversible damage caused by global warming requires rebuilding how the world economy operates. Its is estimated that the globe will warm 1.5C (2.7F), by the report, around the time we’d be having children (2030-2040). This means worsening food shortage, wildfires, hurricanes, and rise in sea level leading to worsening poverty, illness, and starvation. Sea levels will have risen into cities where over 10 million Americans alone will be effected.

The Paris Agreement signed by 195 nations agreed to start working toward keeping the temperature from rising more than 2.0 by 2020. It was sea level rise, wild fires, food shortage, ect. would have come with a warming of 2.0C but the report proves that 1.5C is the new threshold. 0.5C may not seem like a lot but this is the mass of energy needed to raise the temperature of the entire planet. Raising the temperature of all corners of the globe a half a degree is dramatic.

The UN report states, “There is no documented historic precedent”, for the action needed,”Meeting this goal demands extraordinary transitions in transportation; in energy, land, and building infrastructure; and industrial systems”.

Such an overhaul is possible but politically unlikely, as the United States is the second largest polluter on the planet and does not adhere to the Paris Agreement even though the report found that carbon tax by 2100 could be as high as $27,000 a ton, and that the U.S would lose 1.2% GDP for every 1.8C warming.

By Holly Pearson

Roar Staff Writer

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Holly Pearson, Copy Editor and Staff Writer

Holly is a senior this year. Next year she will be attending UC Santa Barbara as a political science major.  Holly enjoys working with other people to...

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