These days I am struck with a bizarre sense of unreality when I read pieces like this:
NZ planners’ think-tank on climate change impacts
New Zealand’s top planners will be holding a think-tank on climate change impacts this week at the New Zealand Planning Institute’s (NZPI) annual conference in Dunedin which started today.
A new era of international and domestic action to tackle climate change has begun and ongoing international agreements aim to keep global temperature increases below two degrees.
New Zealand’s need to produce a 30 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, or equivalent to an 11 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2030. …
Paula Bennett to head to New York to sign historic climate agreement
Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett will head to New York next week to sign New Zealand up to a historic climate agreement.
Mrs Bennett said the signing ceremony at the United Nations on April 22, which 130 countries will participate in, was another step towards ratifying the Paris Agreement.
There is no deadline for the ratification, which covers emissions obligations after 2020 and commits all countries to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C this century.
Once the agreement is ratified, Mrs Bennett said, the more difficult task of moving New Zealand to a low-emissions economy would begin. …
We’re not going to hold the temperature increase to 1.5C this century. We’re not going to hold it to 2C.
The climate ship has sailed, and like a supertanker, it has massive inertia.
If we were wise (we’re not) we would start preparing now for a very different planet.
Here’s some recent headlines / pieces worth reading:
Welcome to the climate emergency: you’re about 20 years late
Earth Sees 11 Record Hot Months in a Row
Summer-Like Temperatures Smash Ice Melt Records For Greenland
Arctic warming_ Why record-breaking melting is just the beginning
Our Planet’s Temperature Just Reached a Terrifying Milestone
Seas Are Rising at Fastest Rate in Last 28 Centuries
At Arctic summit, climate change is inevitable and irreversible
Risk of multiple tipping points should be triggering urgent action on climate change
Govt cheated on international climate commitments
The Climate Change in Our Veins
— Graham Readfearn (@readfearn) April 16, 2016
— Veronika Meduna (@VeronikaMeduna) April 16, 2016