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Study affirms RP’s urgent call versus global warming

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on global warming has affirmed the Philippines’ call for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement with greater urgency.
The accord, which was effective since 2016, aims to pursue efforts in limiting the temperature increase to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.
Said figure is the global warming threshold set for vulnerable countries like the Philippines to thrive and survive.
Relative to this, the Philippine delegation to the recently concluded United Nations Climate Change Conference, headed by Sen. Loren Legarda, called for emitters to set more ambitious emission reduction targets.
Leading scientists are preparing the second order draft of the Special IPCC Report, which substantiates the need for world leaders to align their policies in order to attain the 1.5ºC warming limit.
“The draft should not be cited to downplay the Paris goal as it supports earlier scientific findings that it is both physically and economically feasible to limit warming to below 1.5°C by 2100,” Climate Change Commission Sec. Emmanuel De Guzman said.
The 2016 Low Carbon Monitor Report, which was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum and independently developed by the United Nations Development Program and Climate Analytics, showed that 1.5°C is achievable, requiring global zero CO2 emissions at mid-century and the investment share of renewable power reaching close to 100 percent of the energy mix.
“The difference between 1.5ºC and 2ºC is crucial to the existence of a number of small islands all over the world including islands in the Philippines, and the millions of people that live in them. As revealed by earlier studies, a 1.5°C trajectory allows coral reefs to survive the seasonal bleaching and prevents its total disappearance. Likewise, a 1.5°C warming could halt the total melting of the Greenland ice sheet,” De Guzman added.
The ongoing review of the said draft of the IPCC special report by experts and the government started last Jan. 8 and will end on Feb. 25, 2018.
Output from the review will be used to prepare the final draft, which will be subjected to the line-by-line approval of concerned governments.
The final report is due for publication in October 2018.

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