Takeaways from the UN's Startling Climate Report

Flooding near the Rideau River in 2017

Flooding near the Rideau River in 2017

Leaders from countries such as Botswana and Namibia can not let-up on the global stage in pushing for nation states to make good on, and further improve, their pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

The NSW Minerals Council likewise said coal had "very positive" future in the state, with strong demand from traditional and emerging export markets, a spokesman said.

According to the Department of the Environment and Energy, black and brown coal generated about 62 per cent of Australia's electricity in 2016-17.

Emissions will need to fall 45 per cent from 2010 levels - or 58 per cent from current levels - by 2030, the IPCC said.

The faster rate of temperature increase here is due to the fact that continents warm more quickly than oceans, Gutzler explained: "The world is mostly ocean, and we are in the middle of a continent, so when people talk about global warming of one, two or three degrees, for our region, we're thinking about double those numbers".

The influential report reveals that only by keeping the temperature rise under 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society" be prevented.

The climate change is real and it is illustrated by the heat wave conditions spreading like a plague in India and Pakistan.

Robinson has long called for others to be more conscious of both climate change and human rights issues, believing them to be inextricably linked. The report also notes that "any remaining emissions would need to be balanced by removing Carbon dioxide from the air". Hot summers will become more frequent, and, wrote federal scientists in 2017, if carbon emissions remain high and water management systems aren't changed, chronic, long-term drought is increasingly possible by the end of the century.

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The event was jointly held by the MoNRE, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with the participation of experts, managers, policymakers, scientists and businesspeople, among others.

Udall criticized the Trump administration's recent rollback of a rule meant to reduce pollution from methane, a greenhouse gas, calling it a "tragic failure of leadership". It envisions a scenario in which the US acts alone on climate change, not in tandem with the 194 other countries that agreed to emissions reductions in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

However, the IPCC report's authors said the world would face severe consequences if the great bulk of fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas, weren't left in the ground.

Yet, the USA never moved to curtail fossil fuel use.

The landmark report released Monday said that time is running out to avert climate-induced disaster.

The IPCC is the global body for assessing the science related to climate change.

Apollos Nwafor, pan Africa director of Oxfam International, said, "Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse".

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