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World The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

06:50  04 december  2019
06:50  04 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Engineer starves himself in 40C heat during a ten-day hunger strike protest while demanding politicians declare a 'climate emergency'

  Engineer starves himself in 40C heat during a ten-day hunger strike protest while demanding politicians declare a 'climate emergency' Daniel Bleakley, 37, along with two other activists have been protesting on the steps of Victoria's Parliament building as part of Extinction Rebellion's global hunger strike.Daniel Bleakley, 37, along with two other activists have been protesting on the steps of Victoria's Parliament building as part of Extinction Rebellion's global hunger strike.

But while society and particularly younger generations appear to have woken up to the threat of climate catastrophe, industry shows little The cities of London and Paris declared official ecological and climate emergencies . Yet there are fears meagre progress could be undermined as developing

We face a Climate Emergency . Only WWII-scale Climate Mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world . We’re working to compel governments in the US and throughout the world to declare Climate Emergency , adopting an emergency response to climate change and the ecological crisis.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Climate protests hit the global headlines in 2019© Marc Piscotty Climate protests hit the global headlines in 2019

Schoolchildren skipping class to strike, protests bringing city centres to a standstill: armed with dire warnings from scientists, people around the world dragged the climate emergency into the mainstream in 2019.

Spurned on by Swedish wunderkind Greta Thunberg -- virtually unknown outside of her homeland a year ago but now a global star nominated for a Nobel prize -- millions of young people took part in weekly demonstrations demanding climate action.

And, like harbingers of the apocalypse, the Extinction Rebellion movement embarked on a campaign of peaceful civil disobedience that spread worldwide, armed with little more than superglue and the nihilistic motto: "When hope dies, action begins."

Tipping Points That Could Unleash a Planetary Emergency Are Now Active, Scientists Warn

  Tipping Points That Could Unleash a Planetary Emergency Are Now Active, Scientists Warn Several active 'tipping points' of irreversible change in the world's climate system threaten to unleash a global cascade of events that amounts to a planetary emergency, scientists warn. The concept of tipping points was introduced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just over 20 years ago, but researchers now warn that already nine of these vulnerable environmental thresholds are in very real danger of being breached – and much sooner than was ever anticipated.

Two years ago, I asked for a quantum leap in relations between ASEAN and the UN and we can, today, verify Your efforts, under co-chairs Chile and Finland and with the support of the World Bank, are a vital part of Last month’s Climate Action Summit showed that the world is waking up to the crisis.

There is no climate emergency . A global network of more than 500 knowledgeable and experienced scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have the honor Warming is far slower than predicted The world has warmed at less than half the originally-predicted rate, and at less than half

Although scientists have warned for decades about the risk to humanity and Earth posed by unfettered burning of fossil fuels, in 2019 -- set to be the second hottest year in history -- their message seems to have finally hit home.

a large crowd of people in a field: Parts of Europe had their hottest days on record in 2019© BERTRAND GUAY Parts of Europe had their hottest days on record in 2019

The 2015 Paris agreement saw nations commit to limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels as a way of curbing the worst impacts of global warming.

A safer cap of 1.5C was included as a goal for nations to work towards.

With Earth having already warmed by 1C, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dropped a bombshell late last year.

Its landmark report in October 2018 laid the groundwork for the string of climate shockwaves that rumbled throughout 2019: The world is way off course for 1.5C, and the difference between 1.5C and 2C could be catastrophic.

This is 'not science' but 'advocacy dressed up' as it

  This is 'not science' but 'advocacy dressed up' as it Sky News host Peta Credlin says new climate research indicating "the end is nigh" is "not science" but "advocacy dressed up" like it.It comes after “activist academic” Will Steffen wrote an editorial for scientific journal Nature demanding an emergency response to climate change, saying once “one or two climate dominoes are knocked over”, it could form “a cascade that could threaten the existence of human civilisations”.

and climate change emergency as confidential documents show the government has spent only a Jeremy Corbyn’s party will demand on Wednesday that the country wakes up to the threat and acts the 16- year -old Swedish climate activist who has criticised the inaction of the world ’s politicians.

Every year of high emissions takes the world closer to the brink, because it adds to the stock of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which can take a century to dissipate. Greenpeace is trying to highlight the dangers of new oil drilling, which it says will gravely worsen the climate emergency .

"The message from scientists was that each half-degree counts," said Amy Dahan, a science historian specialising in climate at France's National Centre for Scientific Research.

a view of a city: Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, unleashing catastrophic flooding this year© STR Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan, unleashing catastrophic flooding this year

It was a message heard around the world.

For Corinne Le Quere, president of France's High Commission for Climate Change and member of Britain's Committee on Climate Change, 2019 was "something new".

"I've worked on climate change for 30 years and for 29 of those, as scientists, we've worked unnoticed," she told AFP.

The IPCC report concluded that global CO2 emissions must drop 45 percent by 2030 -- and reach "net zero" by 2050 -- to cap temperature rise at 1.5C.

"It's given us a clear timeline: we have 12 years to act," said Caroline Merner, 24, a Canadian member of the Youth4Climate movement.

- Annus horribilis -

But while society and particularly younger generations appear to have woken up to the threat of climate catastrophe, industry shows little signs of sharing their urgency.

Greenhouse gas emissions are once again set to rise in 2019 after hitting a record in 2018, as extreme weather events -- made more likely as the planet warms -- struck seemingly everywhere this year.

a group of people walking on a bridge: Extreme weather events also saw floods in Venice this year© Miguel MEDINA Extreme weather events also saw floods in Venice this year

Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, typhoon Hagibis in Japan, a deadly, record-breaking heatwave across much of Europe, wildfires in California and eastern Australia, floods in Venice... the list goes on.

The threat posed by climate change became so stark in 2019 that Indonesia, one of the fastest-growing economies on Earth, decided to move its capital to somewhere that wasn't sinking.

clouds in the sky at sunset: Greenhouse gas emissions are once again set to rise, leading to extreme weather events such as California's wildfires© Josh Edelson Greenhouse gas emissions are once again set to rise, leading to extreme weather events such as California's wildfires

"We're seeing climate change with our own eyes," Le Quere said. "Reality is forcing us to act."

Actress Pamela Anderson is the 'climate change hypocrite of the week'

  Actress Pamela Anderson is the 'climate change hypocrite of the week' Sky News host Andrew Bolt says Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson has been crowned his "climate change hypocrite of the week".Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton said Ms Anderson was a 'Hollywood hypocrite' following the former Baywatch star lecturing Australians about climate change and their diets.

The term “ climate emergency ” has been championed by climate activists and pro- climate action politicians seeking to add a sense of urgency to the The youth climate movement, including Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, has been leading the charge to ratchet up the language used in describing

It is way past time for the world to wake up to the deadly seriousness of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) and consequent inevitable catastrophic climate change. As a start, let's build a worldwide petition demanding that all governments at all levels declare a climate emergency .

The science came thick and fast this year, with the IPCC releasing two additional special reports on land use and oceans, and another UN body, IPBES, issuing a stunning warning of the threats posed by human activity to the natural world.

Faced with an unbreachable body of evidence and mounting pressure from the streets, governments in 2019 started, slowly, to mobilise.

A total of 66 nations now have plans to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The cities of London and Paris declared official ecological and climate emergencies.

Yet there are fears meagre progress could be undermined as developing economies appear no closer to ditching fossil fuels and the United States -- the largest historic emitter -- looks poised to complete its Paris pullout.

- 'Climate makes us equal' -

Environmental activism, of course, is nothing new.

As Alfredo Jornet, professor at the University of Oslo, pointed out, indigenous peoples "have been very active for a long time" in protesting against climate change and deforestation, often to little fanfare.

"It's easy to be worried about the climate when you have money and privilege," said Melina Sakiyama, 34, a Brazilian activist.

With the deadline for countries' Paris commitments looming, as well as a series high-profile environment summits in 2020, this year is unlikely to be a one-off in terms of climate action.

"The question of how to mobilise this unrest in a way that can lead us to better, more peaceful, democratic, and sustainable societies," said Jornet.

"In a sense, climate change makes us all more equal. It makes us more capable of acting together."

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Sydney protesters demand action on climate change .
Demonstrators accuse the government of inaction as bushfires bring hazardous smoke to the city.It came a day after a thick haze caused chaos in the harbour city, setting off smoke alarms and marring visibility.

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