UN Says Canada Needs to Cut Emissions to Stop Catastrophic Climate Change

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2018

The IPCC issued the report from Incheon, Republic of Korea, where for the past week, hundreds of scientists and government representatives have been poring over thousands of inputs to paint a picture of what could happen to the planet and its population with global warming of 1.5°C (or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).

Addressing the dialogue, Deputy Minister of MONRE Le Cong Thanh said that as one of the countries heavily impacted by climate change, Vietnam has actively implemented worldwide commitments and made efforts to cope with climate change.

Caitlin Wiesen, UNDP Country Director for Vietnam, said the IPCC report noted that severe impacts of climate change could be avoidable by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, but time is running out.

"We must more than ever continue our efforts".

At the same time, we should promote the conservation of our natural resources while encouraging individual environmental responsibility including the Youth Environmental Corps.

Vietnam has actively implemented global commitments andmade efforts to cope with climate change.

Many people will have taken note of the press statement in November, 2016 by the Minister of the Environment and Housing in the then PLP government in which he committed The Bahamas to taking action on climate change following our ratification of the Paris Agreement.

"Limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes", said Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.

The IPCC calculates that, given the recent rate of increase of global warming, there are only a dozen years left for such warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial Revolution levels; and, if this is exceeded, the result will be a world plunged into extreme heat, droughts, floods, rising sea levels and widespread poverty.

Speaking on the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Minister said, "Our stand is not waiting for any report, all the scientific publications and United Nations reports keep coming but we work because of our commitment to the cause, we do respect the report but not waiting for them to take action". Coral reefs would decline by 70-90 percent with global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius, whereas virtually all (more than 99 percent) would be lost with the high warming cap.

However, more than ten countries, including Ireland, showed a lack of appetite for increasing the EU's climate target.

He recommended that Vietnam shift into a low-carbon economy, with a focus on the development of renewable energies. According to the Califonia Coastal Commission in a report released prior to the IPCC announcement, the area around the Venice Canals may see flooding within the next 25 to 50 years.

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