On October 5, the UN IPCC committee released a report on whether it would be a good idea to target 1.5 Deg C. That report is available Here
Michael Mann: We Are Even Closer To Climate Disaster Than IPCC Predicts Posted on October 10, 2018 by Yves Smith
Note that the above report clearly was blessed by a huge number of climate scientists. Some of them felt it was already weakened in its warning before being released at all. Then, in December, 4 countries prevented it from being “welcomed” by the COP 24. Those countries were the largest exporters of petroleum in the world, The US, Saudi Arabila, Russia and Kuwait.
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the Ceremonial Opening of Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP24) 3 Dec 2018 The IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] Special Report is a stark acknowledgment of what the consequences of global warming beyond 1.5 degrees [Celsius] will mean for billions of people around the world, especially those who call small island States home. This is not good news, but we cannot afford to ignore it.
The IPCC report outlined a catastrophic future if we do not act immediately. It also clearly states that the window of opportunity is closing. We no longer have the luxury of time. That’s why we need to have our work here in Katowice finalized – and finalized in less than three days. Meeting your deadline means we can immediately unleash the full potential of the Paris Agreement and its promise of a low-emissions climate-resilient future.
I understand that none of this is easy. I understand some of you will need to make some tough political decisions. But this is the time for consensus. This is the time for political compromises to be reached. This means sacrifices, but it will benefit us all collectively.
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