‘Tipping Point’ and the Paris climate deal

There has been widespread debate in recent years about what the planet can realistically expect from humans in terms of efforts to mitigate climate change. A number of independent studies have sought to quantify…

'Tipping Point' and the Paris climate deal

There has been widespread debate in recent years about what the planet can realistically expect from humans in terms of efforts to mitigate climate change. A number of independent studies have sought to quantify the evidence of that progress. However, many have focused on voluntary commitments from governments or companies to cut the amount of pollution they emit and the pace of those reductions.

Scaling Back

Yet despite these efforts, scientists say that governments and companies have been unable to keep pace with estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide their activities will release in the next century.

I. Provinces to ‘drop out’ of European efforts to reduce emissions

• Margareta Wahlström: the environment commissioner of the Swedish government, who announced this week the country would not take part in the ‘Deluxe’ effort to reduce emissions further

• The Netherlands climate pledge

See world sign of climate agreement

– The proposed agreement aims to make global warming ‘well below’ 2C and ‘well below’ 1.5C

See climate targets in European Union

– The EU has set ambitious pledges to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030

Read about Merkel’s ‘big change’ on climate

– Environmentalist championed by the French president has changed course on climate policy, hinting at support for Trump’s withdrawing from Paris

Risks and impacts from climate change

Not only can we not effectively meet our voluntary goals to reduce emissions, we are also incapable of curbing the increasing rates of biodiversity loss, intensifying drought, and rising sea levels that are negatively impacting all of our communities, lives, livelihoods, economies, and geopolitics

Working at top levels to scale back our own emissions

– A United Nations agency says that if we continue at our current rates of emissions reductions, the planet will undergo ‘deep climate disruption by the end of the century’.

Risks and impacts of climate change in developing countries

Not only can we not effectively meet our voluntary goals to reduce emissions, we are also incapable of curbing the increasing rates of biodiversity loss, intensifying drought, and rising sea levels that are negatively impacting all of our communities, lives, livelihoods, economies, and geopolitics

Include climate action in business plan

– It is hard to overstate the importance of business leaders being prepared to understand that their consumers will hold them to account for the impacts of climate change on their operations, suppliers, products, and markets

Including climate change in business plans

– Shell has committed to a 40% cut in emissions by 2030, partly because it recognises that the company has to do more to ‘plan for the long term’, irrespective of the outcome of the climate talks in Paris in 2015

Read about Shell’s plans for cutting carbon emissions

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