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Global warming can be capped and is among one of the key messages from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on 1.5 degree celsius.
Lead author from the report of the Small States Chapter, Dr Morgan Wairiu, says the signs are clear that if carbon emissions aren’t significantly reduced this decade, we face an uncertain future.
“So the report is quite clear in terms of the science, in order to cap the global average temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius then we need the net-zero emissions by 2050 or 45 percent reduction in the Green House Gases to 2010 level by 2030.”
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who has been at the forefront of climate discussions calls climate change a global crisis.
In contrast to the US President, Donald Trump who this week announced that they would be formally withdrawing from the Paris Accord.
197 countries have signed up to the Paris Accord which outlines the need to curb emissions and allows members to determine their National Determined Contributions (NDCs) in this area.
Dr Morgan Wairiu said in order to cap the global average temperature to 1.5 degree Celsius, there needs to be net zero emissions by 2050 or a 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gases to 2010 levels by 2030.
Dr Morgan said there is an urgency for other members to step up.
“It’s now, some of the parties, they are now putting together actions that will counter what the USA is doing so which is a good sign but then we need everybody doing that, you know collective action even if one party withdraws,” he said.
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