International watchdog says we all have 12 years to tackle climate change

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We’ve all heard a lot of debate about whether climate change is real and whether it poses a significant threat.

Here’s the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) spelling it all out for us:

We (meaning national governments across the world) need to act without delay to prevent the destruction of coral reefs and stop sea levels rising by as much as ten centimetres. If that happened large parts of the world could become uninhabitable.

Within 12 years.

Are we all clear on this now?

The Tories are already saying the UK has the best record of any G20 country in attacking the causes of climate change.

Do you believe that?

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  1. Simon Cohen October 9, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    We should have started this transformation 40 years ago and we’d be in a different place by now but instead we go ‘greed is good’ neo-liberalism and now it might be too late and the damage even harder to reverse.

    The stupidity is incredible but there it is-we wanted more and more growth, more and more holidays and more and more non-durable goods and plenty of transient techno-junk.

    The recent UN reports says that the issue will require deep rooted societal and behavioural change – fat chance of that with the sort of economic ideology we now have and consumerism ratcheted to extreme levels.

    • Pauline Brocklehurst October 9, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

      well said Simon and Mike…and we still have a backward government going all out for fracking fossil fuels to satisfy the greed of the few at the expense of the planet…..I was so upset last night to hear that Bolsonaro, the probable new right wing leader of Brazil, intends pulling out of the Paris climate change agreement and opening up swathes of the Amazon rainforest for mining….I truly despair…we will turn out to be the only species to have minutely monitored our own extinction…..

    • nmac064 October 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly Simon. I suspect our discredited government will tell us next not to listen to experts.

      • Mike Sivier October 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

        Haven’t they already done that? Michael Gove’s words spring to mind.

  2. MARK BEVIS October 9, 2018 at 7:41 am - Reply

    The IPCC is an average of an average of 6000 scientific views, overseen by economists. It is not the average that is dire, although that is bad enough. it is the extremes that should really get your attention:

    The catchphrase in the doomosphere for 2018 has been “more than previously thought”.
    In other words, scientific studies out this year show that all climate change forecasts have been exceeded by events, and all rates of change have been shown to be higher, worse, faster than previously studied.

    Some would rate 12 years as a highly optimistic scenario.

  3. Barry Davies October 9, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

    We have been getting this 12 years thing for the past twenty years, many of the time scales have come and gone already. Some “experts” talk about man made global warming, other talk about naturally created blips.

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