The Jolly Teapotby Nicolas Magand
23 October 2018

The climate change catastrophe that is coming

Jonathan Watts, writing on the Guardian about the UN warning to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C (instead of between 1.5 and 2°C): where half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.”

The vocabulary associated with climate change has seriously changed recently. I think it is for the better. Instead of saying glaciers are melting” or average global temperatures went up for the Xth year in a row”, we are now talking about the actual consequences of such changes, and not just mere observations, unremarkable to most readers.

The half-degree difference could also prevent corals from being completely eradicated and ease pressure on the Arctic, according to the 1.5C study, which was launched after approval at a final plenary of all 195 countries in Incheon in South Korea that saw delegates hugging one another, with some in tears.

Not a good sign.

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