The Latest Climate Science Must Mobilise, not Paralyse Us

  • The Latest Climate Science Must Mobilise, not Paralyse Us

The Latest Climate Science Must Mobilise, not Paralyse Us

A special report by the IPCC on "Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius", focusing on the impacts of global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission pathways, was also revealed at the event.

Speaking highly of the IPCC and Lee's contribution towards strengthening global climate change response, Deputy PM Dung said that the IPCC's recommendations have been turned into definitive actions to fight climate change in Vietnam. Scientists at the time considered it to be the threshold for the most severe effects of climate change.

He asked the IPCC to share its experience with Vietnam in monitoring damage caused by climate change in the coming time.

"With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand-in-hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society", the IPCC said on Monday.

He said that the European Union needs to increase its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target to 45 per cent "to be in line with the IPCC's recommendations on 1.5°C pathways".

Earlier on Monday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an worldwide body assessing the science related to climate change, noted in its report the crucial need of a "rapid and far-reaching" changes in all aspects of the entire world to fight against global warming.

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, for instance, by 2100, the global sea level rise would be 10cm lower than a 2 degrees Celsius cap.

However, more than ten countries, including Ireland, showed a lack of appetite for increasing the EU's climate target.

Wiesen also congratulated Vietnam on pioneering the update of its NDC through a dynamic and participatory process, where all ministries have taken an active role in defining their targets and identifying their priorities and actions.

Wiesen commended Vietnam for making significant efforts in climate change adaptation and as the first country in Asia to be awarded with a Green Climate Fund project that is building resilience for coastal vulnerable communities, especially the most-at risk poor and ethnic groups. Clearly, in a country like The Bahamas with its abundant sunshine and offshore winds we should do all we can to develop our local renewable energy potential. According to the Califonia Coastal Commission in a report released prior to the IPCC announcement, the area around the Venice Canals may see flooding within the next 25 to 50 years. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide would need to fall by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, and reach "net zero" around 2050.