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Climate change: Impacts 'accelerating' as leaders gather for UN talks

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The signs and impacts of global heating are speeding up, the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key UN talks in New York, says. The data, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record.

Sea-level rise has accelerated significantly over the same period, as CO2 emissions have hit new highs. The WMO says carbon-cutting efforts have to be intensified immediately.

The climate statement is a pull-together of the latest science on the causes and growing impacts of unprecedented levels of warming seen in recent years. Recognising that global temperatures have risen by 1.1 degrees C since 1850, the paper notes they have gone up by 0.2C between 2011 and 2015.

This is as a result of burgeoning emissions of carbon, with the amount of the gas going into the atmosphere between 2015 and 2019 growing by 20% compared with the previous five years.

Perhaps most worrying of all is the data on sea-level rise. The average rate of rise since 1993 until now is 3.2mm per year. However, from May 2014 to 2019 the rise has increased to 5mm per year. The 10-year period from 2007-2016 saw an average of about 4mm per year.

"Sea-level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, which will exacerbate future rise," said WMO secretary general Petteri Taalas.

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The WMO report is meant to inform the special UN summit on climate change taking place in New York on Monday.

A range of political leaders will attend the one-day event, which is designed to be about action and not words, according to UN secretary general António Guterres.

"I told leaders not to come with fancy speeches, but with concrete commitments," he said ahead of the meeting.

"People want solutions, commitments and action. I expect there will be an announcement and unveiling of a number of meaningful plans on dramatically reducing emissions during the next decade, and on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050."

Greta Thunberg and other youth activists, fresh from marching on the streets of New York on Friday, will speak at the opening of the meeting.

About 60 heads of state are expected to follow, with countries expected to announce new actions to limit the causes of warming or to speak on initiatives developed by a coalition of nations.

While China, India, France, Germany and the UK will speak at the meeting, there is no place on the podium for Japan or Australia. Mr Guterres has asked that as well as committing to net-zero emissions by 2050, countries should reduce subsidies for fossil fuels and stop building new coal-fired power stations. The question of coal has led to the barring of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australia's Scott Morrison.

The US, Brazil and Saudi Arabia will also not be taking part.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49773869

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Vitleysingur

And Lady Gaga is more and more interesting every day.

Dreams of you and me are in the dirt.
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HighwayGuy

If we don’t reach carbon neutrality until 2050, as they’re aiming to here, then we’re all screwed :smh: 

if only politicians listened to science :saladga:

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PartySick
20 minutes ago, HighwayGuy said:

If we don’t reach carbon neutrality until 2050, as they’re aiming to here, then we’re all screwed :smh: 

if only politicians listened to science :saladga:

We can ban vaping after six deaths but we're talking about a literal apocalypse senario and everyone's dragging their feet.

Humanity :tony:

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gagaschickens

tropical climate, here it comes:gaycat:

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Andreu
35 minutes ago, PunkTheFunk said:

The US, Brazil and Saudi Arabia will also not be taking part.

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Lord Temptation

I wonder if all these international flights on luxury jets are contributing to the acceleration? :oprah:

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miguelxgaga

How can the biggest states avoid this meeting? The USA and Brazil not attending it's just a joke. 

How can we do something about the environment if ''our leaders'' don't take it seriously?

The clownery of it all. I-

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PunkTheFunk
4 minutes ago, Lord Temptation said:

I wonder if all these international flights on luxury jets are contributing to the acceleration? :oprah:

Air travel accounts for about 2.5% of global CO2 emissions

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ANTI WP
1 hour ago, PunkTheFunk said:

While China, India, France, Germany and the UK will speak at the meeting.

:tony: my country .... glad people in my country  are adapting to eco friendly products at max rate 

1 hour ago, PunkTheFunk said:

The US, Brazil and Saudi Arabia will also not be taking part 

Well i am not surprised .... such a hypocritical government system they have.. so :awkney:

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PunkTheFunk
4 minutes ago, miguelxgaga said:

The USA and Brazil not attending it's just a joke. 

Nobody:

Brazil: COME TO bRaZIL!! COME TO BRAZIL!!!!!!!!

UN: Climate change is accelerating. Brazil, we need your help.

Brazil:

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HeavyCapiLover

But the orange clown and bols***ro still think this all a joke invented by the chinese 

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FABian

The First Earth Day
April 22, 1970
We only have one earth, so we need to take care of her. That's what Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin believed. He was disturbed that an issue as important as our environment was not addressed in politics or by the media, so he created the first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970. An estimated 20 million people nationwide attended festivities that day.

http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/modern/jb_modern_earthday_1.html

 

Do you know that they have been saying and predicting the same thing for decades? Things certainly didnt get any better, and yet 5 decades ago they were predicting that we wouldnt be alive today.

Now it's a fact that the climate certainly is changing, but perhaps maybe it is a result of a different situation all together? Perhaps since the north pole has been shifting and moving rapidly, and has been accelerating every year?

Who knows.

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ice bear

i'm so ashamed of being Brazilian atm, for real

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homomo

It’s so funny how for the past 20 years,  scientists and climatologists have been warning us with concrete evidence of the effects of climate change, and how each year will make us 10 more steps closer to the Point of no return... yet here we are, more people denying it more than ever :rip: 

 

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