29 July 2019
No of councils/states to declare/recognise climate emergency: 888
No of countries covered: 18
Population covered by councils: 205.8 million people
Why this south-east Queensland council declared a ‘climate emergency'
Melbourne Declares Climate Emergency, Vows To Listen To The Rightfully Pissed-Off Youth
24 July 2019
by David Spratt and Ian Dunlop
The following is the introduction to a new discussion paper, The third degree: Supporting evidence & Implications for Australia of existential climate-related security risk, released today by Breakthrough.
Since the Paris climate conference in 2015, much time has been devoted to scenarios for 1.5°C to 2°C of climate warming. That’s not surprising, because limiting warming to the range of 1.5–2°C was the Paris goal, and there has since been the 2018 special IPCC report on 1.5°C.
What hasn’t been spelt out clearly is that 1.5°C is not a good outcome: it would mean coral systems reduced to fragments, a multi-metre sea-level rise on the way, Pacific nations drowned, more lethal extreme weather, and glaciers in Antarctica passed their tipping points, just for starters.