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Change for climate

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  01:26 am

The COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, comes at a critical point in the battle to rein in the effects of climate change on our warming planet. In fact, COP24 is undoubtedly the most important summit since the Paris conference in 2015.

Just three years after the landmark climate treaty was endorsed in Paris, scientists warned that human-made emissions were growing while political progress in managing the catastrophe was slowing. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that global warming could reach 1.5 degrees Celsius as soon as 2030 — surely with devastating impacts. At just 1 degree of current warming, our Earth has already been afflicted with raging forest fires, floods and extreme storms as a result of rising sea levels.

Deeper cuts are then imperative. The United Nations Environment Program has found that the voluntary national cont...