No change in Qld after dire climate report

Animated chart showing that most of the coldest 10 years compared to the 20th century average were in the early 1900s while the warmest years have all been since 2000 with 2018 on course to be the fourth warmest year on record

Mark Howden, head of the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute, said emitting the equivalent of about 420 billions of carbon dioxide would exhaust the remaining carbon budget to cap warming at 1.5 degrees.

"We need the political leadership and the decisive action".

This week's report from worldwide scientists was stark and urgent.

IPCC Chair Prof. Hoesung Lee speaks at the dialogue. For example, runoff in Botswana's Limpopo river catchment is projected to decline by 26 percent at 1.5C global warming, and by 36 percent at 2C. As with previous governments, Morrison's claims renewable energy can't replace baseload coal power.

Unless emissions are halved within 12 years and virtually eliminated by 2050, temperature increases will likely exceed 2 degrees Celsius.

SR1.5 mentions glaciers once in each of two early key sections, presenting distinct, important features which they possess.

If average world temperatures increase by between 1.5ºC and 2°C, potentially deadly heatwaves are likely to substantially increase (pdf) in frequency, and those similar to the one in 2015 could become an annual occurrence in India and Pakistan, says the report, putting coastal cities such as Karachi and Kolkata at high risk. The reason which is listed first, because it is the most vulnerable to warming, are the "Unique and threatened systems".

The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC, or more.

As well, there is a chance to save the coral reefs with 1.5 C warming, as opposed to no chance at 2 C, according to the report.

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In a hotter, drier future there will be less domestic water available. Climate apocalypse isn't too far away.

Pasterze Glacier in Austria, showing significant retreat (source: Bernd Thaller).

- Half as many people would suffer from lack of water. As glaciers melt and oceans expand, seas will continue to rise. It notes that the contributions of glaciers to sea level rise in the present century can not be distinguished statistically.

"There is a role for high-quality Australian coal and it's compatible with meeting Paris emissions reductions targets", Ian Macfarlane, council chief executive and a former Coalition energy minister.

"Therefore we have to assume that the world is going to go off the climate cliff".

He added that the dialogue would focus on discussing issues related to the response actions to climate change in Vietnam, while promoting cooperation and connection with development partners, the scientific community, enterprises, organisations and individuals for the cause of responding to climate change. At 2.0°C global warming, Botswana would experience warming of 2.8°C.

Trump previous year announced he would withdraw the US from the 2015 landmark Paris climate accord, arguing it unfairly hurt American businesses and workers. On current trajectories, the Paris Agreement target will be missed by a wide margin, however bullish the build-out forecasts for "high fractions" of wind and solar power to soon be supplanting that from oil, gas and coal. That Global Stocktake will provide a full assessment of the progress towards the achievement of the objective and goals of the agreement. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge. Billed in the media as "life changing", the report illustrates how crossing the ever-nearer threshold of 1.5℃ warming will affect the planet, and how hard it will be to avoid overshooting this target.

"Farmers are committed to farming sustainably into the future", she said.

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