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  • No change in Qld after dire climate report

The NSW Minerals Council likewise said coal had "very positive" future in the state, with strong demand from traditional and emerging export markets, a spokesman said.

The report shows that there is only low confidence regarding changes in global tropical cyclone numbers under global warming over the last four decades and cited "a decreasing trend in the global number of tropical cyclones and/or the globally accumulated cyclonic energy".

In the wake of the landmark United Nations report on climate change comes more concerning environmental research. Billed in the media as "life changing", the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5℃ warming will affect the planet, and how hard it will be to avoid overshooting this target.

According to the IPCC's special report, limiting warming globally to 1.5°C will require "rapid and far-reaching" changes in energy, transportation, agriculture, cities, land use and industry. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation.

The IPCC report says failing to prevent just an extra degree of heat could expose millions and ecosystems to life-threatening conditions in the next few decades.

There's also a price tag attached to this grim scenario - $54 trillion - if the world doesn't get its act together, according to the panel.

Wendel Trio, director of CAN Europe, one of the signatories, said: "The sooner and the more we invest in the clean energy transition, the better for citizens and our economies".

The point is whether the human race will find the collective political and moral will to fight climate change.

"The next ten years in terms of climate action are crucial".

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There is threat that beyond rise of 1.5 deg C, humanity would enter the era of irreversible change.

The IPCC report warned that "unprecedented" changes would be required to limit the Earth's temperature rise to less than 1.5 °C, and predicted catastrophic species loss, as well as extreme weather if this target was exceeded.

It's already been a banner week for acknowledging climate change and its resulting dangers: This year's Nobel prize for economics went to Yale University's William Nordhaus, who pioneered the economic analysis of climate change, and the United Nations issued a dire warning that disastrous ecological disruptions may start in just 12 years in the absence of action to stop it.

Canada would have to cut its emissions nearly in half over the next 12 years to meet the stiffer targets dozens of worldwide climate change experts say is required to prevent catastrophic results from global warming.

"This is the only way European public finance can help the world keep temperature rise to 1.5°C by the middle of this century".

Udall criticized the Trump administration's recent rollback of a rule meant to reduce pollution from methane, a greenhouse gas, calling it a "tragic failure of leadership".

"This is one of the most important reports ever produced by the IPCC, and certainly one of the most needed", Hoesung Lee, the chair of the body, said at a press conference in South Korea on Monday. These include the new European Union 2030 renewable energy target of 32%, the new energy efficiency target of 32.5%, the reform of the European Union emission trading system, the emission reduction targets in sectors falling outside the scope of ETS and the integration of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the EU's climate and energy framework, the Council said.

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.



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