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If steps aren’t taken soon to combat climate change, there may be no tomorrow


Shared from the 10/13/2018 The Denver Post eEdition

Editorial

If steps aren’t taken soon to combat

climate change, there may be no tomorrow

This editorial was written by The Washington Post.

If anything, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a

habit of understatement. The U.N. group issues reports so thoroughly scrubbed

that they seem cautious in the moment and downright timid in retrospect.

That gives their latest and most dire warning added force.global leaders that the oft-cited

goal of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius is riskier than many imagine.

A 1.5-degree goal would be far less dangerous, but the world has only about a decade

to make the “rapid and far-reaching” changes required to meet that goal.

The difference between 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees would be substantial. Coral reefs would

go from mostly gone to almost entirely gone. More sea-level rise would put up to

10 million more people in danger. High heat would kill more people. It would be much

hotter on land and in cities. Deadly mosquito-borne illnesses

such as malaria and dengue fever would spread farther. Droughts would be more likely.

So would deluges. Tropical fisheries would empty further. Staple crop yields, particularly i

n some of the world’s poorest nations, would decline more.

Disastrous loss of the Antarctic ice sheet would be more likely.

 

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