37 things you need to know about 1.5C global warming

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Date of Publication: October 8, 2018

Year of Publication: 2018


The UN published a summary on the science of 1.5C global warming on Monday. It’s a big deal.

This is the first time the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has gathered evidence on the tougher target demanded by countries on the front line of climate impacts.

It validates their concerns, showing that the difference between 1.5C and 2C – the upper limit governments committed to in the Paris Agreement – is critical to millions of people’s homes, jobs and lives.

As to whether it is feasible to halt the temperature rise at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the report has no easy answers. What it does is elucidate the options.

It was a mammoth undertaking, with 91 authors from 40 countries compiling evidence from more than 6,000 papers and addressing 42,001 comments from experts and governments.

In a tense meeting in South Korea last week, government representatives haggled with scientists for six days to produce a 33-page summary of four in-depth chapters.

The result of writing by committee is a somewhat dense and technical document. Here is our breakdown of the key messages and omissions, and their political significance.

We have followed the structure of the IPCC report, in four sections.

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  • Arnold Byron

    This article delineates 37 things you need to know and all 37 are important. I did not see the 38th thing. It should have been #1 and easy to find. Nowhere was there a mention about overpopulation. It should be easy for the writers of the report to understand a simple formula: more people create more pollution and more people use up more resources. Continuing to allow more people to be born into the world is the problem that no one seems to be willing to face up to. I would like to know if the word “overpopulation” was uttered at the meetings in South Korea. If it wasn’t, then either the wrong people attended the meetings or humanity is doomed.

    Humanity needs to be taught that everyone must accept change; that decreasing the population can be done; and that it can be done in a nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane way. Nobody has to be hurt if the world takes on population control. The ideas that I have for controlling population growth will require a global office put in place by the nations and given the authority to compel people to accept a new life style of having only one child. This global authority will make sure that the concept of nonviolent, non-eugenic, safe and humane is carried out everywhere on the globe. The means of population control will be accomplished by using contraceptives, including IUDs for women and vasectomies for men. Yes, every man will have to be given a vasectomy after fathering one child and every woman will have to be fitted with an IUD after she and the male father have given birth to one child.

    I don’t envision a continued need for a female to undergo an abortion. Contraceptives would be made available before a pregnancy and also after the pregnancy, for the rest of the woman’s life. If humanity sees a need for an exception to this on an individual basis, then new laws will have to be written and judges would have to decide.

    The idea is to control the population by having two people raise one child to adulthood in their lifetimes. After three or more generations the global population will be reduced to the point where it is in sync with the available resources, then every two people will be able to raise two children to adulthood. The global office that had been established by the nations will decide when the population will be able to move from reduction to maintenance. New attitudes, laws and mores will emerge to govern this new way of living.

    I want to state a new truth: If everyone wants something to happen and works to make that something happen it will happen. I have written about decreasing the population on these MAHB blog pages. My articles have the words A Plan for the Nations as part of the title.