November 21, 2018
Fear valid motive as planet cooks
Fear is good if it leads to action on climate change.
That’s the view of one of the 150 academics and researches who signed an open letter to the Government calling for robust emergency action in response to the "deepening ecological crisis" of climate change.
Climate scientist Professor James Renwick from Victoria University says the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report makes substantial changes in the global economy are needed right now if global warming is to be arrested.
Once the overall rise goes 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the consequences are dire.
"A certain amount of fear is probably a good thing because what we are facing is pretty fearsome. If we don't take action, we are talking sea level rises and changes in climate that affect food production and water availability at a level that will affect billions of people around the world, a big fraction of the world’s population," Professor Renwick says.
While the warnings have been coming for more than 30 years, politicians are only starting to wake up, and they are still not taking the actions needed.
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