WORLD TEMPERATURE RISES
With world temperature rise already 1°C above pre-industrial levels, new research shows that there is only a 0.5°C safety margin left in the system before the most vulnerable groups of people suffer severely.
The current political target, agreed in Paris more than two years ago, of aiming to prevent temperature from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and certainly stopping a rise beyond 2°C, disguises the fact that we are already more than halfway to the danger point.
And scientists have now shown that there is a huge difference in the consequences to the human race if the 1.5°C limit is exceeded and temperatures allowed to reach 2°C.
Research to identify climate vulnerability hotspots has found that if the global temperature does rise by 2°C, then the number of people affected by multiple climate change risks could double the number affected by a rise of 1.5°C.
Because people living in poverty are much more vulnerable to climate change impacts, knowing where and how many of them are at high risk matters for developing policies to improve their lives.
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We the people demand a price on carbon pollution.
We are all paying for carbon pollution. We’re paying for it in dollars, in lives, in livelihoods, and in every way imaginable, and the truth is, we simply cannot afford to pay it any longer.
As fossil fuel companies continue to fill our atmosphere with industrial carbon pollution, we experience longer droughts, deadlier storms, and more trips to the hospital. As we pay the price for their actions, these polluters rise to the top of the Fortune 500 list. The time has come to hold them accountable.
The People vs. Carbon is a campaign that’s bringing the world together to make carbon pollution history. It works by building support for landmark efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency and other local, state and federal efforts to regulate carbon pollution. These are important first steps towards putting a price on carbon, and to protect our future we all need to get behind them. (CRP)
On Earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities has increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.
The consequences of changing the natural atmospheric greenhouse are difficult to predict, but certain effects seem likely:On average, Earth will become warmer. Some regions may welcome warmer temperatures, but others may not.
A stronger greenhouse effect will warm the oceans and partially melt glaciers and other ice, increasing sea level. Ocean water also will expand if it warms, contributing further to sea level rise.
Meanwhile, some crops and other plants may respond favorably to increased atmospheric CO2, growing more vigorously and using water more efficiently. At the same time, higher temperatures and shifting climate patterns may change the areas where crops grow best and affect the makeup of natural plant communities.
We the people demand a price on carbon pollution.www.climaterealityproject.org/people-vs-carbon
world leaders meet in December 2015 in Paris for the UN’s COP 21 climate conference. On the agenda of global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. And they have entered into force in 2016 . newsroom.unfccc.int/paris-agreement/