The Hanoitimes - An IPCC report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C, or more. Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a new assessment on October 8. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, it added. The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was approved by the IPCC on October 6 in Incheon, South Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. Illustrative image "With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated … [Read more...] about Rapid and unprecedented changes urged to limit global warming of 1.5°C
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As climate change continues to cause unusual and unpredictable weather around the world, it is creating new challenges for farmers. Drought, flooding, and temperature extremes will increase as the earth’s temperatures rise by 2-3°C (4-6°F) in the next 50 years, threatening farm productivity, decreasing harvests, and augmenting pest pressures. As reported by the World Bank, Vietnam has been ranked among the five countries likely to be most affected by climate change. In the past 50 years, Vietnam’s mean temperature has increased by 0.5-0.7°C and the sea level has risen by 20 centimetres. Climate change has made natural disasters, especially storms, floods, and droughts, increasingly violent. The Mekong Delta is one of the world’s three most vulnerable deltas, and is crucial for agricultural production in Vietnam. However, saltwater intrusions and drought in the Mekong Delta have made it clear that something needs to be done to reverse the impacts of … [Read more...] about Farming pressures must be tackled with innovation
The world's biggest miner BHP said Thursday it was following through on a decision to leave the World Coal Association over climate change policy differences, but would remain a member of the US Chamber of Commerce. BHP confirms exit from world coal body over climate stance, (AFP Photo/WILLIAM WEST) The Anglo-Australian giant announced in December it was reviewing industry group memberships to ensure they aligned with its climate and energy stance, which includes tackling global warming through emission reductions. "In light of the material difference identified by the review and the narrow range of activities of benefit to BHP from membership, BHP has reached a final view that it will cease membership of the WCA," it said in a statement. The global lobby group had favoured the dumping of a clean energy target, which in Australia involves investment in renewables, as it supported the use of cleaner coal technologies instead. BHP has said its policy was to tackle climate … [Read more...] about BHP confirms exit from world coal body over climate stance
G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement -- but at the cost of risky concessions. After the U.S. president decided last month to pull out of the hard-fought deal to combat global warming, climate change was always going to be center-stage at this week's gathering of the G20 -- major economies that are together responsible for the vast majority of harmful emissions. Ultimately, the final joint statement after the summit in Hamburg underlined that the 2015 Paris deal is "irreversible", while "taking note" of Washington's decision to quit the agreement. The key risk for defenders of the global pact is that other countries could now follow Trump's lead. The ink was barely dry on the G20 statement before Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened not to ratify the deal without financial concessions. "After that step taken by America, the position … [Read more...] about G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?
VATICAN CITY: Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday (May 24) to use his US presidency to promote global peace after meeting Pope Francis, before heading into a high-stakes summit of the world's biggest military alliance. Meeting for the first time, the president and the pontiff sidestepped deep differences over issues ranging from the environment to the plight of migrants and the poor. "Honour of a lifetime to meet His Holiness Pope Francis," a star-struck Trump wrote on Twitter before leaving Rome for Brussels and the next leg of his first overseas trip as US president. "I leave the Vatican more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world," the billionaire former reality TV star said. In Brussels, a city he once dubbed a "hellhole", Trump however faced thousands of protesters ahead of his first summits on Thursday with wary leaders of NATO and the European Union. Trump sparked fears of an end to the transatlantic alliance when he dismissed NATO as "obsolete" while on the campaign … [Read more...] about Trump promises peace push after pope talks Trump promises peace push after pope talks