GENEVA / WMO CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT

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The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only 12 years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1,5 Celsius if a catastrophic environmental breakdown is to be avoided. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / WMO CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT
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DATELINE: 8 OCTOBER 2018 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. Wide shot, projection panel
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):
“There is extreme urgency on the countries giving their pledges after the Paris Agreement and so far the progress hasn’t been good enough that we would move towards 1,5 or 2-degree target. So there is clearly a need for much higher ambition level to reach even 2-degree target”.
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):
“Climate change is already visible and it is having its impact on human beings and ecosystem all around the world. And we can still limit the warming to 1,5 degrees but we should change many things how we run our everyday business today”.
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):
“One of the major issues that there will be 420 million people less suffering because of climate change if we would be able to limit the warming to 1,5-degree level and we have certain areas in the world which are extremely sensitive: there are small island states, Mediterranean region and also sub-Saharan Africa is already suffering and will suffer more in the future”.
8. Close up, photographer
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):
“With 2 degrees we will have ice-free summer in the Antarctic every year, but with 1,5 we would see that only every 100 years. And also we have major glaciers in Greenland and Antarctic and again if we go beyond 1,5 the risk for massive melting of those will be higher”.
10. Wide shot, journalists
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO):
“This is our challenge. We produce today 85 % of the global energy based on fossil energy, coal, oil and gas and only 15% based on non-carbon sources, nuclear hydro and renewable”.
12. Med shot, journalists
13. Pool focus, hands typing
14. Wide shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned that there are only 12 years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1,5 Celsius if a catastrophic environmental breakdown is to be avoided.

The authors of the landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued Monday (8 Occt) also say that unprecedented action is needed to keep global temperature rises to 1,5 degrees Celsius, rather than the 2 Celsius target agreed to at the Paris Agreement talks in 2015.

“There is extreme urgency on the countries given their pledges after the Paris Agreement, and so far the progress hasn’t been good enough that we would move towards 1,5 or 2-degree target. So there is clearly a need for much higher ambition level to reach even 2-degree target”, said Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) today at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

The IPCC met last week in Incheon, South Korea, to finalise a report, that would detail the feasibility and importance of limiting global warming to 1,5 Celsius.

Speaking to media at the UN, WMO’s Secretary-General said that “climate change is already visible and it is having its impact on human beings and ecosystem all around the world. And we can still limit the warming to 1,5 degrees but we should change many things how we run our everyday business today”.

The world is currently 1 Celsius warmer than pre-industrial levels. Keeping the 1,5 Celsius target would keep the global sea level rise 0,1-meter lower by 2100 than a 2 Celsius target, the report states. Also food scarcity would be less of a problem and hundreds of millions fewer people would be at risk of climate related-poverty.

“One of the major issues that there will be 420 million people less suffering because of climate change if we would be able to limit the warming to 1,5-degree level and we have certain areas in the world which are extremely sensitive: there are small island states, Mediterranean region and also sub-Saharan Africa is already suffering and will suffer more in the future”, the head of WMO said.

The half degree difference could also prevent corals from being completely eradicated. “With 2 degrees we will have ice-free summer in the Antarctic every year, but with 1,5 we would see that only every 100 years. And also we have major glaciers in Greenland and Antarctic and again if we go beyond 1,5 the risk for massive melting of those will be higher”, Taalas said.

The world must invest USD 2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cute the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to the report.

“This is our challenge”, noted Taalas. “We produce today 85 % of the global energy based on fossil energy, coal, oil and gas and only 15% based on non-carbon sources, nuclear hydro and renewable”.

The IPCC report is seen as the main scientific guide for government policymakers on how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement during the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December.
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