Developing Nations Must Negotiate 'Hard' on Climate Change: Centre for Science

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Developing Nations Must Negotiate ‘Hard’ on Climate Change: Centre for Science

Contributed by Tyler Owen on November 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

The New York Times broke the news that China’s government has admitted to consuming 17 percent more coal than estimated: 4.2 billion metric tons in all for 2013. As to what must be done to address those concerns, most climate doomsayers in the countries surveyed say rich nations should do more than developing nations to address climate change (see right). The scientific team consisted of 32 research groups from around the world analysing 28 storms, droughts, fires and floods in a bid to showcase the role of human-driven climate change and land development in extreme weather events. People polled in 40 nations that account for 76% of the world’s population say global warming is a very or somewhat serious problem, and they overwhelmingly want action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. “The global consensus is that climate change is a serious challenge, not a distant threat”, said Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research. In most cases, a country’s vulnerability to climate change is dependent upon the country’s energy and climate policies. With a month to go before the COP 21 climate summit in, Paris Christian Aid has welcomed today’s publication of the UN’s aggregation report, summarising country actions that will make up the global deal. Those in Latin American and African countries – places severely affected by rising seas and encroaching deserts linked to climate change – were most concerned. Where 68 percent of self-described Democrats say climate change is a very serious concern-well above the global median-just 20 percent of Republicans agree. Bhushan was citing a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which estimates that the world would have to restrict its carbon dioxide emission to 1,009 gigatons between 2012 and 2100 to prevent the world’s surface temperature from increasing more than two degrees. The poll was conducted in person and by telephone with 45,435 people from March through May. Data in all three countries suggests that Catholics are backing Pope Francis’s Encyclical released in June, titled Laudato Si, which argues that “climate change is a global problem with grave implications”. “Going forward we will need a five year review mechanism that will track how countries are doing and push them to do more as technology advances and more finance becomes available”. There is also growing evidence and discussion about the impact of climate change on health. What should be reassuring ahead of the Paris climate talks is that, with the exception of Pakistan, all Asian states surveyed in the new Pew dataset have majorities supporting government action on limiting greenhouse gas emissions. It also found that the collective impact of the INDCs will lead to a decrease in per-capita emissions over the coming 15 years. There is a shared and growing understanding around the world that there is no high-carbon path to prosperity, for individual nations or for the global community. Maximum temperature anomalies for Australia’s May 2014 heat wave. Credit Australia Bureau of Meteorology…
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