‘A beautiful world’: A ‘beautiful world’ is not what we have left to fight for
Posted March 04, 2018 05:06:04The global battle against climate change is not over.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned of a global “fiscal cliff” in 2022, when it says that the world will need to spend more than $200 trillion to deal with rising temperatures and the impacts of climate change.
The report, released on Tuesday, said that unless the world took swift and decisive action, the cost of keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will reach $500 trillion in 2050.
The United States, Australia, Canada and the European Union have all pledged to cut their emissions.
But the IPCC warned that it was far too soon to predict when those pledges would be realized.
“The world’s economic, social, political and environmental challenges have made it clear that climate change poses serious risks, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable, especially in the developing world,” the report said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the International Day Against Hunger and Hunger-related Death, which the IPCC called “the world’s largest public health event.”
It was set up to fight hunger, a global issue that has had devastating effects on the poor and vulnerable.
The day is also an opportunity to show solidarity with the victims of hunger in countries around the world, especially the developing countries that have seen the worst effects of climate-related famines.
In a report titled “What’s Next: 2030,” the International Food Policy Research Institute at the University of California at Davis found that a growing number of countries, particularly the developing ones, have begun to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In the U.S., the number of states reducing emissions by 2020 dropped by 20 percent from 2015, while emissions in the country’s biggest cities have increased by almost half.
Many of the nations that are cutting greenhouse gas emission by 2020 will face major financial hurdles to do so, but there are several other initiatives that could bring some relief.
Among them: the European Climate Action Partnership (ECAP), which would see all of Europe’s 27 states join forces to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2020, and the World Bank’s Clean Development Fund.
Another key element of the agreement is the Kyoto Protocol, a UN agreement that requires countries to reduce their emissions in a phased manner and to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Protocol was signed in 1992 and has been widely adopted as a mechanism to prevent catastrophic climate change by limiting the temperature rise to 2 degrees C. But it has faced fierce opposition from some countries, including China, which has vowed to take its own actions against it.
While the global fight against climate conflict is a long and complicated one, the report is an encouraging sign that the global community is finally beginning to wake up to the threat posed by climate change and is taking serious action.
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