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Federal Environment Minister rejects science on need to phase out coal

Federal Environment Minister rejects science on need to phase out coal”

Obviously, environmental groups said, the report should jolt policymakers in the United States and around the world into action. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), a climate change skeptic, said of the actions urged by the report.

The conclusion that a 1.5°C target is still within reach rests on the assumption of immediate and far-reaching changes to global energy, land use, industrial and urban systems.

According to the report, scientists previously believed that the worst effects of global warming would occur with a 3.6-degree Fahrenheit increase.

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Participants at the dialogue discussed activities relating to climate change response in Vietnam and seek solutions to promoting cooperation between the scientific community, entrepreneurs, organisations, partners, and individuals committed to adaptation to climate change.

"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. Since the mid-1800s the climate has already warmed by 1C.

"There is a role for high-quality Australian coal and it's compatible with meeting Paris emissions reductions targets", Ian Macfarlane, council chief executive and a former Coalition energy minister. Unlike the US, Australia has not exited the Paris Agreement, but the country's current prime minister has declined to add any more money to the global climate fund.

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To this point, climate change has been a slow-motion calamity whose impacts, month to month and year to year, have been hard to perceive. We are doing this because we feel this tool kit is vital to climate success, to evaluate various options and the complexities involved, and to encourage other universities, municipalities and states to do the same until society develops sufficient momentum to do so at a national level. Most of them, for good or bad, come down to promoting and encouraging private entrepreneurs and re-building corporate profits, using tax cuts, protectionist tariffs and, for farmers, new, bigger direct subsidies.

- The West Antarctic ice sheet might not kick into irreversible melting. The near impossible time lines like: the world needs to reduce CO2 emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 from the 2010 levels and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, virtually all of the coal plants and gasoline-burning vehicles on the planet would need to be quickly replaced with zero-carbon alternatives in next two decades at the latest are shattering.

The report refers to the Paris Agreement which unites nations in the "common cause of combatting global warming by keeping a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius".

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Both countries would also see an increase in dry days.

Under President Donald Trump, the US has rapidly moved to eliminate policies aimed at reducing the nation's carbon footprint ― even as other top emitters of carbon dioxide like China have taken steps to curb emissions. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) declared it had "high confidence" in its predictions. "Việt Nam hopes that all countries, especially developed ones, and other organisations fully take their due responsibility", Dũng said.

The United Nations and almost 100 climate scientists from across the globe have issued their latest environmental primal scream.

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