Media's Facts Don't Add Up on Hurricanes and Climate Change

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The impacts of global warming on human health are also essential to consider.

This is despite the release of a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week that outlined the urgency of taking unprecedented action to avert climate change.

However, the IPCC report's authors said the world would face severe consequences if the great bulk of fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas, weren't left in the ground.

"The science makes clear that there is an urgent need to accelerate the global response to climate change to avoid exceeding the 1.5°C limit".

"We urge investors to view the United Nations report as a call to put their capital to work in ways that benefit both their finances and the environment", Jon Gordon, Vincent Heaney, Sagar Khandelwal, and Christopher Swann wrote in a note this week.

"Communities across the world are already experiencing the devastating impacts of 1°C global warming".

Food waste will need to be halved and farming practices will also have to improve, according to the study. It would be "unfair" to America to lead in this area, the president has said, explaining our withdrawal from worldwide efforts to do what we can to lower hurtful emissions. "So, even for regions or components of the climate system for which the difference between 1.5° and 2° doesn't represent a big threshold or tipping point, the impacts of climate change get considerably bigger". Australia's pledge is to cut 2005-level emissions 26-28 per cent by 2030, a target environmental groups such as the Climate Action Tracker describe as "insufficient". While both of them were defining pieces of news of our times, many missed the unmistakable and potent link between the two.

Global warming of 1.5°C would lead to an average temperature rise above the pre-industrial baseline in Botswana of 2.2°C and Namibia 2.0°C. It contains the stories of 13 communities fighting on the frontlines of climate change: from young Pacific Islanders trying to stop the Adani mega-mine to fishermen communities in Africa battling against new coal plants; from the struggle to stop a huge gas pipeline among the olive groves of Southern Italy to the landowners and Native Americans putting solar panels on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Canberra also insists it is on target to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement, which attempts to unite every nation under a single accord to tackle climate change for the first time ever. The sea level rise by 2100, for example, will be lower than 10cm in case of a temperature rise of 1.5°C as compared to a 2°C rise. Leaders from countries such as Botswana and Namibia can not let-up on the global stage in pushing for nation states to make good on, and further improve, their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. That makes the company the fourth major USA coal supplier to file for bankruptcy in recent years due to the significant decline in coal use.

But the premier, who has said previously that coral and coal can coexist, says nothing about her government's policies will change on the back of this week's IPCC report. But Trump, who has ignorantly called climate change a "hoax", withdrew the United States from the pact. "Climate reform is needed as fundamentally as the economic renewal that Vietnam adopted 40 years ago to bring about rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and boost green jobs for a more resilient sustainable society", she added.

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