At the most recent COP talks – in particular Paris 2015 – commitments were made by all countries to limit temperature increases to 2C temperature rise, with 1.5C seen as the best chance to avert a human crisis. Well, we passed 1C in 2015. Yale academic, William Nordhaus, who has explored the implications of climate change since the early 1990s argues that the 2C warming limit is not feasible. Britain’s Met Office said global temperatures could break through the internationally agreed upper 1.5C limit before 2023. A UN report says the national pledges made in the Paris Agreement in 2015 will deliver only a third of the reduction in emissions needed by 2030 to meet the climate targets which governments agreed.
Indeed, Global News reported that If humans continue on living as they do now, Earth’s temperature will warm by a devastating 5C by 2100: new research says this would result in a world of drought, flooding, ravaged food supply, and disappearing species. The question is then, what sort of a planet are we leaving for our children and grandchildren? The chance of limiting human-induced global warming to less than 2 degrees is rapidly disappearing – read
What the world will look like 4C warmer – read
There is only a 5% chance that the Earth will avoid warming by at least 2C come the end of the century – read