1.5 % Going Once Going, Going Twice… Gone
August 7th, 2016
RTE News of Ireland is reporting that the upcoming meeting in Geneva of the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which plans to figure out how the world can meet the 1.5% C rise goal, as outlined in the Paris Agreement is now, only eight months later, will be very, very difficult to reach.
Stanford University Professor Chris Field, told the newspaper staying below 1.5C looked “impossible or at the very least, a very, very difficult task”.
Dr. Ben Sanderson, of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, suggested that it would take a global effort with such measures on an unprecedented scale to keep the target – a “tall order”.
“If the world puts all its resources into finding ways to generate power without burning fossil fuels, and if there were international agreements that action must happen instantly, and if carbon emissions were brought down to zero before 2050, then a rise of no more than 1.5C might just be achieved,” Dr. Sanderson said.
The panel will be looking at coordinated global efforts to move away from coal-fired power and the combustion engine as a way to still meet this 1.5% goal. Negative emission and carbon capture and storage will also be on the table.
This to me is like a real Independence Day movie, where a small group of people from different walks of life and skills gather under the direction of an exceptional “Can-Do” US President musters what it must do to destroy the asteroid heading toward Earth.
Except we don’t have the hero’s lined up yet.