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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostOct-8 9:59 AM 
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NBC News: LONDON/INCHEON, South Korea  Society would have to enact "unprecedented" changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions as well as the loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday.

Keeping the Earth's temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) rather than the 2C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) target agreed to at the Paris Agreement talks in 2015, would have "clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems," the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday in a statement announcing the report's release.

The IPCC report said at the current rate of warming, the world's temperatures would likely reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 after an increase of 1C above pre-industrial levels since the mid-1800s.

Keeping the 1.5C target would keep the global sea level rise 0.1 meter (3.9 inches) lower by 2100 than a 2C target, the report states. That could reduce flooding and give the people that inhabit the world's coasts, islands and river deltas time to adapt to climate change.

The lower target would also reduce species loss and extinction and the impact on terrestrial, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, the report said.

 
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From: Road Runner! Beep, Beep! (FouledAnchor)Oct-8 11:34 AM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 4) 
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4 inches huh? I guess that's worth the 'unprecedented' effort? How much of this effort will the 3rd world and China kick in?
 

 
From: Clothahump DelphiPlus Member IconOct-10 3:32 PM 
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Marci (marcinmin) said...

NBC News: LONDON/INCHEON, South Korea  Society would have to enact "unprecedented" changes to how it consumes energy, travels and builds to meet a lower global warming target or it risks increases in heat waves, flood-causing storms and the chances of drought in some regions as well as the loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday.

Consider the source.

If I want to read fiction, I'll go buy it off Amazon.

 

 

 
From: We are all Treaty People (ArdytheB) DelphiPlus Member IconOct-10 5:50 PM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 4) 
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In related news, William Nordhaus and Paul Romer just received the Nobel prize in Economics. 

"WASHINGTON — The Yale economist William D. Nordhaus has spent the better part of four decades trying to persuade governments to address climate change, preferably by imposing a tax on carbon emissions.

His careful work has long since convinced most members of his own profession, and on Monday he was awarded the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of that achievement.

But Professor Nordhaus sadly noted that he hadn’t convinced the government of his own country.

“The policies are lagging very, very far — miles, miles, miles behind the science and what needs to be done,” Professor Nordhaus said shortly after learning of the prize. “It’s hard to be optimistic. And we’re actually going backward in the United States with the disastrous policies of the Trump administration.”

Professor Nordhaus shared the prize with Paul M. Romer, an economist at New York University whose work has demonstrated that government policy plays a critical role in fostering technological innovation."

 justhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/business/economic-science-nobel-prize.html

 

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