The Prime Minister says the latest report of the International Panel on Climate Change is a stark reminder of the threat facing the planet.
But a landmark report issued by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published on Monday states that without "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", our world will exceed 1.5°C much sooner than we think - as early as a dozen years - which will increase the likelihood of floods, heatwaves and droughts.
The report from the IPCC, which is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, warns that if greenhouse emissions continue as they have, the atmosphere will climb to almost 3 degrees Fahrenheit above nominal levels by 2040, which will undoubtedly lead to rising sea levels and give way to more severe storms like we have seen this week.
Orb Media looked at seven locations around the globe that have already seen one of the consequences of global warming: flooding as a result of sea level rise and extreme precipitation. To limit warming to 1.5 C, global emissions of carbon dioxide will need to reach "net zero" by 2050, the report finds.President Trump barely acknowledged the report - according to E&E News he said, when asked by a reporter, that he'll be "looking at it". Crucial steps need to be taken to heed the warnings put out by the IPCC as reaction to this report matters. "But one of the roles of government is to step in when there's a problem like this and provide the level playing field so that decisions by regular homeowners and regular vehicle drivers can be made in a market in which not only do they make the right decision for themselves, economically, but they make the right decision for the environment."Barbara Moran Senior Producing Editor, EnvironmentBarbara Moran is the senior producing editor for WBUR's environmental vertical".