Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Climate change within low-income communities | Social Justice

Climate change within low-income communities | Social Justice

Brussels, Oct 18 In response to the landmark IPCC report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius published last week, 28 European Union heads of state and government have called upon all countries of the world to commit at the upcoming climate summit in Poland to review the levels of ambition of their Paris Agreement pledges by 2020.

As far as the climate "changing back", temperature records kept by Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that the world hasn't had a cooler-than-average year since 1976 or a cooler-than-normal month since the end of 1985. Despite this, renewable energy was not one of the game changers in the 2019 budget and continued lack of support for renewable energy development in TT could be detrimental for our long-term energy security and economic prosperity, given the new IPCC report.

The Climate Change Act committed the United Kingdom to 80 per cent cuts in greenhouse gases by 2050, making the United Kingdom the first country in the world to sign up to national legally-binding targets to drive down emissions. According to the report, the Earth can only warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels before we, and the rest of our planet's inhabitants, begin to experience extremely detrimental effects.

Even worse, "tipping points" are barely mentioned in the report.

Even if they are met, the increase in average global temperature will surpass 3°C by 2100, and will continue to rise still further after that.

But substantive action needs to come well before 2030. Other watermen say they're finding more saltwater fish such as flounder upriver as the sea level rises. And, needless to say, the greater the warming, the more severe these effects will be.

As the global independent centre for innovation in transport and mobility, TRL is involved in a wide range of projects across the United Kingdom and Europe helping authorities to understand how they can future proof their transport networks and adapt to climate change.

Mr Trump called climate change a hoax in November 2012 when he sent a tweet stating: "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive". The implication is that they must be incurred slowly.

"The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future", said Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, in the IPCC press release. By definition, their welfare is being discounted. We are on the brink of disaster, and German biologist Hans-Otto Portner warned, "If action is not taken, global warming will take the planet into an unprecedented climate future".

Therefore, the appropriate social rate of discount should be equal to the rate of technological change, which is much lower than market interest rates.

A much better approach has been developed by Nicholas Stern of the London School of Economics. Beyond that, most of us try to do our part to limit our contribution to the Global Warming crisis.

Another alternative has been developed by Martin Weitzman of Harvard University.

In the past, Trump has been criticized on his views about climate change.

They are called "feedbacks" because they are self-reinforcing processes that are unleashed by the warming we have already caused, and which we can not shut off even if we end all of our own emissions. The rest of the world can not afford to ignore our struggles in the Arctic because what happens in the Arctic does not stay there. The Stern Review, the latest IPCC report, and the UNEP have all concluded that current efforts to reduce emissions must be stepped up substantially.

The changes she refers to are energy use, land use and transportation systems, and urban infrastructure - human activities that contributed to global warming. We have a responsibility to our children and others to live our lives in a way that recognizes the clear and present dangers our planet faces. It has weakened the resolve to fulfill the commitments solemnly agreed upon in Paris.

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