IPCC 2018 - John Wawrzonek

Global Warming

A new report is due in September 2019

IPCC Global Warming Special Report 2018

If the global temperature rises by 1.5°C, humans will face unprecedented climate-related risks and weather events.

We are on track for a 3-4°C temperature rise.

It’s the final call; the most extensive warning thus far on the risks of rising global temperatures.

What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report?

The 2018 IPCC report is the most up-to-date and comprehensive explanation of the science of climate change and the future of Earth.

91 lead authors and 133 contributing authors, from 40 countries, assessed 30,000 scientific papers and made over 42,000 comments during the review process.

Their findings cannot be ignored.

Prepared by leading researchers from around the world, the report was delivered to governments, policy-makers and individuals in Korea on Monday 8th October. It warns that the world has already warmed by 1°C since the middle of the 19th century, and could reach 1.5°C before the middle of this century at the current rate of warming.

The change caused by only just half a degree came as a revelation, the difference is substantial and demands action.

000... It’s scientists’ way of using numbers, diagrams, and modelling to say that the whole world, at a global and individual level, must take action now.

It sets the world a clear target. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. This thunderous call to action lays out the tools we have at our disposal to mitigate climate change, sequester carbon emissions and steer the future of Earth in a direction we can live with.

If the global temperature rises by 1.5°C, humans will face unprecedented climate-related risks and weather events.

We are on track for a 3-4°C temperature rise.

It’s the final call; the most extensive warning thus far on the risks of rising global temperatures. What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report? The 2018 IPCC report is the most up-to-date and comprehensive explanation of the science of climate change and the future of Earth. 91 lead authors and 133 contributing authors, from 40 countries, assessed 30,000 scientific papers and made over 42,000 comments during the review process. Their findings cannot be ignored. Prepared by leading researchers from around the world, the report was delivered to governments, policy-makers and individuals in Korea on Monday 8th October. It warns that the world has already warmed by 1°C since the middle of the 19th century, and could reach 1.5°C before the middle of this century at the current rate of warming. The change caused by only just half a degree came as a revelation, the difference is substantial and demands action. It’s scientists’ way of using numbers, diagrams, and modelling to say that the whole world, at a global and individual level, must take action now. It sets the world a clear target. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. This thunderous call to action lays out the tools we have at our disposal to mitigate climate change, sequester carbon emissions and steer the future of Earth in a direction we can live with. It’s yet another wake-up call. One of the main findings is that we are on track for 3°C rising. Limiting the rise to 1.5°C will require immediate action, and still create climatic difficulties but will have markedly better results for the planet. Staying below 1.5°C will require “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” “Adaptation is expected to be more challenging for ecosystems, food and health systems at 2°C of global warming than for 1.5°C,” according to the IPCC.

• Extremely difficult to explain

• Two vague concepts: climate and weather; one easily confused with the other

• Most catastrophic effects (iceland, greenland, poles, sinking islands, etc. out of sight of most populations

Our mistreatment of the planet began seriously only about 200 years ago. Nevertheless, we have taken our rampage to the point that we cannot be sure the planet will remain habitable and we consciously continue the abuse.

For many, the chaos and suffering are considered an act of god, or as sins aginst god. However, as I have said, the very concept of a god or gods is faulty in that it is only a name for a cause. There is no answer to the question of where god came from or why there are so many gods and we intrepret the nature of each god in virtually any way we choose so that even the scriptures become meaningless. I keep hearing in my mind "we believe what we choose to believe," a particularly a lack of awareness that this leads us to avoid verification of our beliefs, and a great potential for chaos, for we are a discussion about lies. It is a bit like swatting mosquitoes in a pitch black room.

In various sections of this web site I attempt to give a hint of the extraordinary complexity and beauty of the cosmos. There is no clue, scientific or otherwise, why it came into existence although I will share my thoughts on this riddle.

I began this website to deal with gun violence. I then switched to the treatment of the planet and as my dispair increased it was clear that the only sensible thinking was to think about everything. This has taken its toll on me and the only further work I can do is to try to knit together with linkes what I have done on this site and to return to my love of photogrphy in the little time I have left, and hope that others on this planet will rise to the occasion. I have seen little indication that this will happen. On the contrary I have seen the opposite, although just a few minutes ago my wife told me of a conversation that I expect that holds a ray of hope. You will find the link to this conversation in the Table of Contents.

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