A deal was made at the UN climate conference in Poland on Saturday to add fuel to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and continue moving forward with plans to cut carbon emissions. With 25,000 delegates present the deal made clarified rules for nearly 200 countries to work on cutting greenhouse gas production.
The UN climate change summit begins on Monday amid warnings that the current generation is the last with the chance to prevent devastating global warming as well as the first that will experience its effects firsthand. The two-week summit includes nearly 200 nations. Senior figures opened the summit saying the planet ‘is at a crossroads.’
According to a report by 150 experts climate change is already damaging people’s health. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change says the health effects include dengue fever in tropics and deadly heatwaves in Europe. High temperatures damaged the ability to grow crops. The report highlights the lack of progress in preventing climate change.
A new study shows that there has been a serious underestimation about the amount of heat soaked up by oceans in the past 25 years. Researchers claim oceans soaked up 60% more heat than previously thought. This discovery shows that Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than believed.
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a shocking report on Monday warning that we have just 12 years to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5C. Extending beyond the maximum will result in droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for millions. The authors of the report said urgent change is necessary.
President Trump will unveil a proposal this week in a major overhaul to the Obama administration’s signature climate policy. The proposal will allow states to establish emission standards for coal-fired power plants, causing at least 12-times more carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere. Trump aims to revive the US coal industry.
A study by an international team of researchers published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claims the Earth is heading toward boiling hot temperatures and towering seas in the centuries to come. The study says a ‘hothouse Earth’ will threaten the ‘habitability of the planet for human beings.’
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commented on Monday it will not drop ‘climate’ from its mission statement despite reports that the Trump administration plans to shift the mission away from climate change. NOAA head Rear Admiral Timothy Gallaudet, said the group’s new proposal ‘was not intended to exclude NOAA’s important climate and conservation efforts.’
According to the analysis by scientists with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2017 saw the second highest global surface temperatures since 1880, 2016 being the hottest year. Despite doubts about climate change, new evidence shows that Earth’s long-term warming trend continues. Scientists assert global warming can be attributed largely to the burning of fossil fuels.
Three Scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency scheduled to speak at a conference on Monday were pulled from the rotation by the Agency. Researchers and Democratic members of Congress criticized the move as an attempt to avoid climate change discussion. The EPA who supports the quieted scientists’ program did not comment on why they were not allowed to speak.