The government’s Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) figures show satisfactory results from measures taken to meet Thailand’s 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal. Yet, without additional new measures, Greenpeace country director Tara Buakamsri said,Thailand’s contribution will not be sufficient to meet the global mission to cap rising mean temperatures to the below 2-degrees Celsius limit agreed upon under the Paris Agreement. Three years have passed since the adoption of the Paris Agreement and its targets, viewed by leading international agencies as an essential but insufficient step to curb rising carbon dioxide levels before it is too late. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last week reported that many countries had failed to implement measures to meet the Paris commitment of a 2-degree Celsius limit, noting that additional measures beyond those in the agreement will be needed. The panel’s … [Read more...] about Thailand needs a more ambitious action plan on climate change
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By Perrin Grauer StarMetro Vancouver Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 VANCOUVER—Age and political ideology are two primary indicators of Canadian opinion on the causes of climate change and whether climate change is real, according to a new poll. The poll, released Friday by Canadian non-profit Angus Reid Institute, found on average, nine-in-ten Canadians believe global temperatures are rising. But amongst past Conservative voters, this number falls to 71 per cent, while among past Liberal and NDP voters it rises to 95 and 96 per cent, respectively. And roughly 30 per cent of Canadians believe climate change is either the result of natural causes or is an unproven theory. But that number jumps to 56 per cent for past Conservative voters, and falls to 16 and 12 per cent amongst past Liberal and NDP voters, respectively. Eighty-four per cent of Canadians ages 18 to 34 believe climate change poses either a serious or very serious threat to the planet, while 63 per cent … [Read more...] about Age and political leanings best indicate where Canadians stand on climate change, new poll shows
By Susan Delacourt National Columnist Wed., Oct. 10, 2018 In his new book, Stephen Harper warns that standing up for the environment makes for bad politics, especially in a populist age when parties are looking for the votes of “ordinary” people. “Political parties, including mine, have won elections just by opposing a carbon tax,” the former prime minister writes in the newly released “Right Here, Right Now.” “The reason is simple. It is ordinary voters who pay carbon taxes.” Not surprisingly perhaps, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May holds exactly the opposite view. In a speech to her party’s convention in Vancouver last month, May said ordinary Canadian voters are more than ready to hear the truth about the climate crisis in the 2019 campaign. “We really do need to level with Canadians,” May said. “If the one issue is survival, it’s kind of the issue.” She intends to … [Read more...] about Can ‘ordinary voters’ be sold on climate change?
The landmark UN report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius was released in South Korea on Monday after a week-long meeting of the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A "Summary for Policymakers" of the 400-page tome underscores how quickly global warming has outstripped humanity's attempts to tame it, and outlines stark options -- all requiring a makeover of the world economy -- for avoiding the worst ravages of climate change. Here are key findings, grounded in some 6,000 peer-reviewed scientific studies: - 'Unprecedented changes' - Capping global warming at 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels will require "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society", the IPCC said. Earth's average surface temperature has already gone up 1C -- enough to unleash a crescendo of deadly extreme weather -- and is on track to rise another two or three degrees absent a sharp and sustained reduction in carbon pollution. … [Read more...] about Key points in the UN report on climate change
EU steps up international cooperation on climate change 2018 a crucial year for Paris Agreement implementation The scale of the climate challenges we face today and in the future is clear. The adverse effects of climate change are already being felt around the world and pose a great threat to our planet and its people. Moreover, they could undermine both the development gains made over many decades and the prospects for achieving the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The Paris Agreement on climate change – the landmark global agreement adopted by almost 200 countries in 2015 – sets out an action plan to put the world on track to avoid or at least limit the dangerous effects of climate change. The historical agreement has set the direction of travel for the global transition to low-emission, climate-resilient economies and societies. However, we already know that, on aggregate, the emissions reduction targets put forward by … [Read more...] about EU steps up international cooperation on climate change