15 May 2019
The urgency of tackling greenhouse gas emissions leading to global warming
A recent report by the Climate Council an independent crowd-funded organization in Australia has said climate change and extreme weather are projected to reduce Australian property values by A$571 billion in the next 10 years – if global greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory.
Interestingly, the report went on to say (quote)
“Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have been rising for four years and that we are not on track to meet our weak 2030 emissions reduction target. It says: “If the world followed Australia’s approach, we would be on track for at least 3–4°C of global warming, which would have catastrophic economic consequences.”
“The Climate Council recommended reducing emissions to net zero by 2050 or earlier, through clear and coordinated policy leadership.”
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General says he intends to mobilise the international community around the Pacific's need for action on climate change.
“Antonio Guterres attended a community roundtable event in Auckland recently, as he kicked off his Pacific tour.
Mr Guterres said the Pacific islands were the first victims of climate change.
"Not only some of them because of the rising level of water represents an existential threat, some might disappear, but also because of course climate change brings with it a lot of negative consequences," he said.
"Warming the oceans, acidification, coral bleaching, but also bigger storms, lots of negative impacts in their economies and an impact in their security."
“The situation was made even more difficult by the challenges small island states face,” Mr Gutteres said.
"We need to mobilise (the) international community to a much stronger support, both in relation to climate change, in relation to development, in relation to security. And that is the reason for this visit."
Sources – New Life Choices and Radio New Zealand.