Australian government backs coal despite 'global catastrophe' climate warning

Flooding near the Rideau River in 2017

Thanks to a poor winter and long-term drought, New Mexico's largest reservoir, Elephant Butte, is now at 3.2 percent capacity.

Greenhouse gas emissions have climbed 1.3% to their highest quarterly levels in eight years, the latest data reveals, something Ms Price says has been largely driven by increased volumes of LNG production.

The Australian government says it will not phase out the use of coal-fired power, despite a new report saying its elimination is integral to limiting global warming. It notes that the contributions of glaciers to sea level rise in the present century can not be distinguished statistically.

The ability of glaciers to stir the human imagination may well support the contributions of the report as a key scientific input to the Katowice Climate Change Conference this December.

That's true here in New Mexico, where average annual temperatures have already increased by 2°F just since the 1970s, according to a number of sources, including a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Brett Kavanaugh takes his place on bench
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To get there, emissions would have to be cut by 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030, with further action required by 2050. Small islands and coastal cities such as NY and Mumbai risk going underwater without the installation of sea barriers.

President Trump expressed skepticism yesterday about a major United Nations report on climate change that warned of irreversible warming if the world fails to act immediately. Its prognosis for the planet is grim: We may have as little as 12 years to act on climate change - to slash global emissions 45 percent - to reach this target. Any additional emissions will require removing Carbon dioxide from the air.

It warns that the world is rapidly running out of time before catastrophic effects on the planet take place.

According to the most recent federal climate assessment for the region, as winter temperatures continue increasing, less snow will fall, "potentially disrupting western US water management practices". There would be fewer heat waves, lower levels of sea level rise, less extreme loss of sea ice, of coral reefs and of endangered species, fewer droughts and lower levels of crop loss.

All of these impacts become even more severe above the 2C threshold. As the IPCC report shows, early and decisive action will not only reduce the risks of overshooting the Paris temperature targets, but also slow down the rates of change, making local adaptation easier to roll out. To explain this finding, the report states "This arises because melt during the remainder of the century is dominated by the response to warming from preindustrial to present-day levels (in turn a reflection of the slow response times of glaciers)". Governor Brown also partnered with Michael Bloomberg to launch America's Pledge, an initiative toquantify non-federal action in the U.S. to drive down emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, and helped form the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance - which now includes 17 U.S. states representing 40 percent of the U.S. population - committed to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan.

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