'Unprecedented changes' needed to protect Earth from global warming

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A United Nations report on Monday said that temperatures are likely to rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius between 2030 and 2052 if global warming continues at its current pace and if humanity fails to take rapid steps to curb the problem.

However, scientists say the effects of a global temperature rise of 1C can already be seen through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice.

More than ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries contributed to the findings which were launched in Incheon in South Korea on October 8 in front of all 195 signed on parties of the Paris Agreement.

If we take action and make real changes to lower our greenhouse gas emissions these changes in our lifestyle will also benefit our sustainable development.

Also in Geneva, a United Nations rights expert warned that failing to do more to address climate change risked "locking in decades" of grave violations. With the new numbers in, experts say it's up to lawmakers to act.

"The IPCC report is a sobering reminder that we're still not on track to achieve the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement", said Will McGoldrick of the Nature Conservancy. "The report will not be raised without consensus of all".

The IPCC's report was accepted by all countries, including India.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report said limiting warming to 1.5C is possible but will require fast and far-reaching changes to power generation, industry, transport, buildings and potential shifts in lifestyle such as eating less meat.

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The report also notes that "any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air". The world is filled with climate-change hypocrites who want America to pay all the costs and make all the sacrifices.

"I hope that governments and the public read this important document and begin the deep and concerted action required to avoid the serious impacts of reaching and exceeding global warming of 2.0 °C".

"This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air", the report has found.

Beyond the scientific imperative provided by this report, governments and investors will also need the energy scenarios to help them get to 1.5 degrees, including ones that can serve as roadmaps to success from energy authorities like the International Energy Agency (in its reaction to the special report, the World Coal Association pointed to the IEA as justification for the need for continued coal production). But if warming stops at 2 degrees, more than 99% of reefs could disappear. The consequences of a 1.5 degree rise includes warming of extreme temperatures in many regions, increases in frequency, intensity, and/or amount of heavy precipitation in several regions and an increase in intensity or frequency of droughts in some regions. But the scientists say that the world is now on track for a rise of three degrees.

The report, which maps out four pathways to cap Earth's average surface temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels indicates that changes in individual behavior can make a difference. A coalition of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) said that the report showed that previous commitments to limit warming to 2ºC would not be enough to protect millions of their citizens.

"The world is already witnessing the impacts of climate change - from hurricanes in America, heat waves in Europe, droughts in Africa to floods in Asia".

Countries must take "unprecedented" action to slash carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and limit risky global warming, a key report has warned. "There will also be heat stress in cities and air quality will detriorate due to high fossil fuel use like coal, diesel, woods and others".

"Every bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes such as the loss of some ecosystems", co-chair of the IPCC Working Group II Hans-Otto Portner said.

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