Rarely has a half de­gree meant so much to hu­man­ity

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - COMMENT - By Nils Rokke

It is rare that a half de­gree means so much to hu­man­ity. An Al­liance of Small Is­land States (39 States) are all wor­ried about the con­se­quences of cli­mate change. For nine of them, the sit­u­a­tion is al­ready se­vere.

The an­nounce­ment of the Nor­we­gian Na­tional Bud­get pro­posal on 8 Oc­to­ber was an im­por­tant event. This year, on the same day, the IPCC pub­lished a re­port that is far more im­por­tant.

This is the re­port that will tell us what has to be done to achieve the tar­gets set out in the Paris Agree­ment to limit in­creases in the Earth’s tem­per­a­ture down to­wards 1.5 de­grees C. above the lev­els recorded in the pre-in­dus­trial era. Is it at all pos­si­ble to achieve this tar­get? How can it be achieved? What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween a 1.5- and a 2de­gree tar­get?

Who will sign a con­trac­tual text that will lead to the ex­pul­sion of your own coun­try? There is an in­dis­putable fact that the sea level rises. This oc­curs be­cause of the ex­pan­sion of the wa­ter when it gets warmer and be­cause of the drainage of snow and ice in ac­cel­er­at­ing pace from land. Photo: Ibrahim Mushan by Unsplash.

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