IPCC climate change report calls for urgent action to phase out fossil fuels – live

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UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says coal-fired electricity should end by 2050 if we are to limit global warming rises to 1.5C

Some information on the report itself, outlined by chair of the IPCC, Hoesung Lee, in a speech last week (pdf).

It was commissioned as part of the Paris agreement in 2016, the IPCC was invited to prepare a report assessing the impacts of 1.5C warming and related emissions pathways.

“At that time, relatively little was known about the risks avoided in a 1.5C world compared with a 2C warmer world, or about the pathway of greenhouse gas emissions compatible with limiting global warming to 1.5C.”

Politically, the issue of global warming and how to address it is in a much more precarious situation than when this report was commissioned in 2016.

Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw the US from the Paris Accord. The Australian government – currently coming through another bout of leadership instability – has also flagged withdrawing. It was already failing its targets.

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