What Works: Week 7

Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/world/climate-change-new-ipcc-report-wxc/index.html

The article posted by CNN that used info gathered by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) since the Paris Climate Accords were signed has come to a jarring conclusion.

The world needs to come together and make radical changes to our energy consumption and output in order to keep the Earth’s temperature 1.5% C above the pre-industrial revolution levels. Since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the climate change agreement, the country has been expending much more dirty energy into the climate.

The IPCC came to the conclusion that if the temperature is not kept under 1.5% by the year 2030, there will be irreversible changes that will cause pandemonium across the globe in the form of economic turmoil, rampant natural disasters, and possibly the destruction of several ecosystems.

The report, written by Brandon Miller and Jay Croft, is scary to read to say the least. However, I worry that since there has been so much talk of global warming the past few years, this will go down as another over reaction type of headline.

Even if this is an over reaction, the constant reiteration by top scientists of the need to change our energy use and environmental pollution will need to be heeded at some point or else the world will pay, especially third world countries.

The report says that the effects will be felt strongest by those in the southern hemisphere, however, they are not sure of all the changes it will cause because of the unfamiliarity with the territory our climate is about to occupy.

The report is a great start to get people to start thinking more about energy consumption, but I will be looking for more information and predictions to come out from the IPCC’s reports.