Global Warming of 1.5°C
In October 2018 the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change issued a special report on the impacts of global warming.
The report found that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would need to fall by about 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This means that any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing CO2 from the air.
With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, the report found that limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society. While previous estimates focused on estimating the damage if average temperatures were to rise by 2°C, this report shows that many of the adverse impacts of climate change will come at the 1.5°C mark.
As part of his address to the December 2018 UN Climate Change Conference, Sir David Attenborough announced a new initiative to enable everyone to play their part in limiting carbon emissions, the ‘ActNow.bot’.
‘ActNow.bot will recommend everyday actions – like taking public transport and eating less meat – and track the number of actions to highlight the impact that collective action can make at this critical moment in our planet’s history,’ Sir David said.
Why not have a look at ActNow.bot and see what you can do to help win the race.