Don't link the weather to climate change, forecasters told

Don't link the weather to climate change, forecasters told

A new IPCC report shows the impacts in the near future that can be avoided by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius instead of 2 degrees CCoral reefs, like this bleached specimen in Malaysia, could be virtually wiped out if global temperatures rise by 2 degrees C. Per its report, released last week, our world must utterly transform its economy and energy systems in the next decade or risk ecological disaster on a biblical scale.

A huge problem in today's world is global warming and it's detrimental effect on the environment, and all who inhabit it. Yet our president has remained startlingly silent about this report. It is about human rights, human health, food security, poverty, loss of traditional knowledge, and global insecurity as traditional ways of life that are lost to glacier melt, coastal erosion, permafrost melt, rising seas, extreme drought, floods and violent weather.

Alan Wanamaker, associate professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, said scientists are overwhelmed by the data surrounding human-caused climate change, such as the burning of coal for energy. Such effort, they said, would have other positive results: Half as many people would suffer from lack of water; there would be fewer deaths and illnesses from heat, smog and infectious diseases; seas would rise almost 4 inches less; there would be substantially fewer heat waves, downpours and droughts; the West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting; and it just may be enough to save most of the world's coral reefs from dying. This something, as a nation and a planet, we should do everything in our power to prevent.

More than a dozen moderate Republicans in Congress from other states have pushed for confronting the risks of climate change through "economically viable solutions" such as clean energy. While the United Nations has been discussing plans to reduce their carbon emissions to manageable levels, no such similar talks have occurred in the U.S. Quite the opposite, in fact. While he has backed away from a 2012 claim that the concept was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make United States manufacturing noncompetitive", he is now convinced that "something's changing and it'll change back again", according to an he gave with 60 Minutes on Sunday.

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She floated the excuse for inaction I've been hearing for at least 30 years: "We aren't going to get off fossil fuels overnight". However, if we open our minds to relying on multiple forms of energy, the solution to the problem of Global Warming is nearly right in front of us. But the town has taken a number of steps to reduce energy consumption and has joined with companies to provide incentives for residents to install solar panels, smart thermostats, and state-of-the-art swimming pool pumps that dramatically cut electricity demand.

Nordhaus started his research - in what was to become the now very active and expanding field of climate economics - already in the 1970s.

The timing of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement could not be worse. For years now our country has had pockets of individuals who are extremely sustainability minded. Further, it's still possible to limit warming to this level. We turn down the heat in our homes, turn off the lights when we leave, turn off the water when we're brushing our teeth. His win would inject much needed momentum in the global fight against climate change. It was perhaps fitting, if a little ironic, that on the day the IPCC released its alarming report, William Nordhaus - the first economist to develop a model linking global economy with the climate - was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics along with Paul Romer, an innovation theorist. The areas burned each year by wildfires would double in the Mediterranean and increase six-fold in the U.S. The sea-level rise would swallow cities such as Osaka, Japan; Alexandria, Egypt; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Shanghai, China. Let's hope our country wakes up enough to take action before it's too late.

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