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Political will needed to cap global warming

November 9, 2019 4:27 pm

With global temperatures continuing to rise and no caps on carbon emissions in place, the future seems uncertain according to many scientists.

Lead Author for Small States on the Inter Government Panel on Climate Change Special Report 1.5, Dr. Morgan Wairui says the report on the need to limit global warming was compiled by 91 authors from 40 countries, there were 133 contributing authors, one of which was from Fiji and 6000 studies assessed with over 1000 reviews.

Dr. Wairui says while the science and evidence supports the need to limit carbon emissions, the onus lies with the political will of countries to make the necessary change to their energy sectors.

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“So we are facing an uncertain future because the temperatures keep rising and therefore the impacts of the increases in the warming is very evident now and it will be getting worse in the future.”

Dr. Morgan says countries are now working on their Nationally Determined Contributions on their carbon emissions which need to be finalized by March next year to ascertain how much carbon emissions will be curbed and how many countries will commit to real targets.

According to the report, in order to cap the global average temperature to 1.4 degree Celsius, there needs to be net zero emissions by 2050 or a 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gases to 2010 level by 2030.

 

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