Friday, October 19, 2018

Seeker on the IPCC report and Hot Mess on coral bleaching propose solutions to urgent climate problems

I am not done with the latest news about climate change and the risks associated with it, which involved PBS NewsHour and Al Gore explaining the latest IPCC climate report and "Chasing Coral" winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nature Documentary.  Seeker/DNews posted its own explanation of the the IPCC report when it described Why a Half Degree Rise in Global Temperature Would Be Catastrophic earlier today.

According to a new report, Earth is likely to reach 1.5°C warming by 2030. Here’s why that’s a big deal.
IPCC: Global Warming of 1.5 °C
“An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.”

Why Half a Degree of Global Warming Is a Big Deal
“The Earth has already warmed 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since the 19th century. Now, a major new United Nations report has looked at the consequences of jumping to 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius.”

What genuine ambition on climate change would look like
“It is generally agreed that hitting 2 degrees would be quite ambitious, while hitting 1.5 would be nothing short of miraculous. Yet the scientists at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in their latest report, are pleading with the world to go for it, because at this point, every fraction of a degree of warming matters.”
The consequences and the efforts to prevent them, are so ambitious that they appear daunting.  Hot Mess agrees, but says that solutions are still possible in Coral Reefs Are Dying. But They Don’t Have To.

Coral reefs cover less than one percent of the seafloor, and yet they’re home to a quarter of all marine life, making them some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. But their future looks bleak. Decades of environmental threats like warming waters and ocean acidification have pushed reefs to the brink. Can we use science to bring them back?
The answer is yes.  I approve of the Crazy Eddie solutions to the problem of coral bleaching.

Stay tuned for an update on last season's flu epidemic followed by a celebration of Sweetest Day and the entry about the the nominees for the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards that I promised at the end of 'Tower' wins Outstanding Historical Documentary plus five other Emmy winners covered mass shootings.  I have a busy weekend of blogging coming up.

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