Today (08/10/18) the BBC outlined the dramatic report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regarding limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
The 33-page summary for Policymakers took three years of research and outlines some clear key messages.
“The first is that limiting warming to 1.5°C brings a lot of benefits compared with limiting it to 2 degrees. It really reduces the impacts of climate change in very important ways,” said Prof Jim Skea, who is a co-chair of the IPCC.
“The second is the unprecedented nature of the changes that are required if we are to limit warming to 1.5°C – changes to energy systems, changes to the way we manage land, changes to the way we move around with transportation.”
This new study says that going past 1.5°C is dicing with the planet’s liveability and this could be exceeded in just 12 years.
We can stay below the 1.5°C “guard rail” but it would take urgent, large scale changes from government and individuals as well as investments of around 2.5% of global GDP annually for two decades.
Even with those, we would still need machines, trees and plants to capture carbon from the air that we can then store deep underground.
What can you do to help?
As individuals, most of us don’t have the power (or money) to make huge impacts on global warming, but we can all make small changes that add up, starting with the three R’s.
Reuse – give your waste a second life by reusing it or giving it to someone else
Recycle – if a product can no longer be used, make sure it gets recycled to be made into something useful again. Using recycled materials to make new products has many benefits to manufactures and the environment; it can reduce the amount of energy and water needed, reduce emissions as well as saving valuable natural resources.
Another easy way to reduce your carbon footprint is to throw away less food and recycle what can’t be eaten in food recycling collections.
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Find the full article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45775309