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Global temperature may rise by as much as 3 degrees

Due to the insufficient commitments of governments so far, global temperature may increase by twice the tolerable amount, 3 degrees Celsius, by the end of the century relative to the preindustrial period, warned UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa.

If warming reaches 3 degrees, the peoples of Earth will face even greater sea-level rise than previously expected, even more severe weather phenomena such as heat waves, drought, storms and floods, and a desperate struggle for soil, for water, for the fundamental resources required to sustain life.

Curbing climate change is the number one task for this and future generations. “It is time that all people open their eyes,” Ms Espinosa stressed at the meeting called to prepare for the 25th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 25), and added that

immediate action was required,
as not only governments, but everyone is needed to change the world so as
to achieve the 1.5 °C goal of the
Paris Agreement.

Video: YouTube/UNCCD

The meeting held at the UNFCCC Secretariat headquarters in Bonn was focused on the COP 25 to be held in the capital of Chile, Santiago de Chile on 2 December, where the participants will negotiate about the details of implementing the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement that they could not settle at the COP 24 last year in Katowice, Poland.

The international trade in rights to emit the gases that contribute to climate change may be the most important topic at the preparatory meeting in Bonn and the Chile climate conference in December.

A 3 °C average temperature increase would present a fundamental threat to the lives of all creatures on the planet Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: UNFCCC

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.

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