Act on climate change now?

The world has 12 years to avoid a catastrophe


Trump Ignores The Impacts Of Climate Change At His Peril -- And Ours

The Trump administration's antipathy to tackling climate change is well known - the President has called climate change a hoax invented by China and pledged to take the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, while a recent U.S. government report suggests that global temperatures will rise by 4°C (7°F) - and that there is nothing we can do about it, so we might as well carry on pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The report, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aimed to justify Trump's plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards after 2020.

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YouGov | How should we combat climate change?

A report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday is expected to advocate the use of technology as a vital component in attempting to keep global temperature increases to below 1.5oc.

Attempts to combat climate change have thus far centred around attempts to reduce consumption of resources and shift to cleaner forms of energy generation.

Newly released YouGov research reveals that, given the choice between backing a climate change strategy that involved reducing consumption of resources to slow or halt the negative effects of climate change and one that involves relying on technological solutions to counter the effects of climate change, the majority of Britons (54%) would opt for the former.

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'We have 12 years to act on climate change before the world as we know it is lost. How much more urgent can it get?'

Twelve years. According to climate scientists, that's how long until we hit the 1.5C tipping point if we carry on as we are.

Such a shift in our planetary temperature will imperil not only low-lying areas because of the increased risk of floods, but will have consequences for all of us - not least due to the necessary migration of millions of people away from areas that become uninhabitable.

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