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Overshooting is never a good idea.
There is still a chance that global warming will not rise above 1.5C before it reaches the threshold. The alternative is to normalise fossil fuel interest’s sacrifice of vulnerable communities or ecosystems.
It is too late to begin maturing technologies that could cool down the situation and limit the damage once the target has been breached.
Pascal Lamy, the Paris Peace Forum, believes that now is a good time.
A new study found that the chances of staying below 1.5C are only 6-10%, based upon national targets. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says sucking carbon dioxide from the air is “an essential element” to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Next month, Lamy launches the Climate Overshoot Commission. It is a group composed of 15 courageous and/or pragmatic people who will ask the hard questions. Who will pay for carbon dioxide reduction? What are the ethical & technological limitations? Is solar engineering ever a good idea.
This week’s news…
Planting trees is an inexpensive way to remove carbon dioxide from the air. It’s an impermanent solution and sometimes clashes with human rights or food production, but done well it can have a lot of benefits.
Pakistan had one of the boldest afforestation plans in the world under Imran Khan: his 10 billion tree “tsunami”. Last week’s resignation as prime minister questioned this ambition.
Incoming climate minister Sherry Rehman assured the public that work would continue, while criticising Khan’s record on other environmental issues like air pollution. She wrote in a statement: “We are not abandoning the tree plantation project, however, our policies need to be more than that if we are to improve the quality of life.”
“[My] prime minister’s mission will be to make France the first great nation to exit gas, oil and coal. It’s possible, and we’ll do it”
Emmanuel Macron’s pitch for green voters in the upcoming French presidential election
Source: Climate Change News