Dried out crops in Germany | REUTERS
Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius means making rapid, unprecedented changes in the way people use energy to eat, travel and live or we risk even more extreme weather and loss of species, a U.N. report said on Monday (October 8).
Meeting 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, rather than the 2C target agreed at global climate talks in Paris in 2015, would have “clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems,” the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said.
After years of leadership on climate change, Germany risks being left behind as German experts urged Berlin to use its political clout to encourage society to join together to reach climate saving goals.
The IPCC announcements come as climate issues have been dominating the headlines in Germany. An unusually hot summer caused damage to crops, forest fires and a massive reduction in water levels across the country.
Tens of thousands of Germans demonstrated on Saturday (October 6) in support of saving the ancient Hambach Forest which German power company RWE wants to clear for mining.
The utility giant, one of Europe’s largest carbon dioxide emitters, has drawn heavy criticism from environmentalists over the planned clearing of the Hambach forest that it bought decades ago to expand mining in the area, in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The past 18 years have been globally the warmest on record since the 1850s when measurements began, the IPCC said. Scientists attribute the temperature rises and extreme weather mainly to greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas. — Reuters