The Latest Climate Science Must Mobilise, not Paralyse Us

Mindy Sparks
October 13, 2018

Vehicles wade through floodwater on Nguyen Van Cu street of Ninh Kieu district, the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Experts have voiced that Vietnam needs to become a demanding participant in worldwide climate negotiations and actively make efforts to tackle climate change since the country is among the most heavily impacted by this negative phenomenon.

He asked the IPCC to share its experience with Vietnam in monitoring damage caused by climate change in the coming time.

Participants at the dialogue discussed activities relating to climate change response in Vietnam and seek solutions to promoting cooperation between the scientific community, entrepreneurs, organisations, partners, and individuals committed to adaptation to climate change. Many Bahamians are aware our country - classified as a Small Island Developing State - is particularly vulnerable to its effects because of the likely, if not inevitable, rise in sea levels from global warming and the likely damaging effects on coral reefs as well as flooding of coastal areas where people live.

The meeting attended by the bloc's Environment Ministers was organised to work on adopting a uniform climate policy ahead of the upcoming COP24 summit in Poland. He praised the developing countries on their fight against global warming and called on the developed countries to follow suit. "While time is short, there is still a chance of keeping to 1.5 degrees of warming".

The report was commissioned by the United Nations to see what would happen if global average temperatures rose by 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, and what it would take to cap warming at that level.

Aiming for this lower limit will have "clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems", said the IPCC.

Crucial changes are needed - similar to the comprehensive economic reform that Vietnam started 40 years ago - to reduce GHG emissions and generate green jobs towards a resilient and sustainable society, she stated.

The IPCC was then invited to build the "Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius" report, a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

By 2100, the likelihood of the Arctic Ocean being without sea ice in the summer would be once per century with global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared with at least once per decade with 2 degrees Celsius.

A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday by a United Nations scientific panel, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned that the world has just 12 years to halt global warming before planet is plunged into extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty. The report estimates that the world will reach 1.5C between 2030 and 2052 if temperatures continue to increase at the current rate.

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