Australian government backs coal despite 'global catastrophe' climate warning

A loaded coal train pass through the outskirts of Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley

The report outlines the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Already renewable technologies, which have benefited from subsidies, are becoming cheaper than conventional coal-fired power generation, a trend likely to continue.

Former president of Ireland and environmentalist Mary Robinson believes the nation has the potential to become a world leader on the issue of climate change, The Irish Times reports. 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)". Nordhaus' work directly links to the IPCC report-he has shown how a price on carbon is the most effective tool to quickly bring down greenhouse gas emissions. These include the new European Union 2030 renewable energy target of 32%, the new energy efficiency target of 32.5%, the reform of the European Union emission trading system, the emission reduction targets in sectors falling outside the scope of ETS and the integration of land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the EU's climate and energy framework, the Council said. The report describes increasingly severe food shortages and wildfires as well as widespread coral reef deaths if nothing is done about the current emissions levels. The carbon dioxide humans were injecting into the atmosphere would cause changes, they wrote, that could be "deleterious from the point of view of human beings". It has said it has no intention of scaling back fossil fuel production because without coal, household power bills would soar. World transportation systems must be transformed from fossil fuels to electric to take advantage of that shift to renewables.

Decades ago, Congress refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which represented the first step toward meaningful worldwide action on climate in 1992.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report on Monday that "unprecedented" changes will have to take place to limit the rise in the Earth's temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), warning of devastating weather events and species loss if the target is exceeded.

"Our economy depends on the coal industry, and we can have both a strong coal industry and reduce carbon emissions". Martinez has not convened the state's Drought Task Force since 2015, and drought planning links on the governor's website include a 2006 New Mexico Drought Plan and 2008 recommendations from the task force, two documents posted before Martinez was elected governor.

Trump, who has previously called climate change a "hoax", was speaking on the White House lawn on Tuesday when he said the report "was given to me". Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the special report.

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