James Shaw on global warming special report

Green co-leader James Shaw has commented on the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C.


A special report on global warming, released today, has laid out a strong case for countries to make every effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, says the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw.

“The special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that a host of climate-related risks; from sea level rise, to food and water supplies, security, and health issues will be worse if global temperatures rise to 2o rather than 1.5o.

“The report also warns that the next two decades are crucial in limiting global warming to 1.5°C as opposed to 2°C, with the IPCC saying that it is likely that global warming will reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052, if warming continues at the current rate.

“The good news is that the IPCC’s report is broadly in line with this Government’s direction on climate change and it’s highly relevant to the work we are doing with the Zero Carbon Bill.

“The report shows the clear global benefits of maintaining efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

“It says the goal is challenging but achievable but it also says that the pace of transition to low-emissions needs to step-up and be far reaching,” James Shaw says.

49 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  October 9, 2018

    Less petrol-burning, low-priority car travel would help.

    • Gezza

       /  October 9, 2018

      Do you think the Greens would like to legislate to forbid it?

      • robertguyton

         /  October 9, 2018

        I think The Greens would like to legislate to forbid thinking in clichés.

        • Gezza

           /  October 9, 2018

          Probably. They might end up hoist by their own petard though.

          • robertguyton

             /  October 9, 2018

            😉

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  October 9, 2018

            That’s a quote, not a cliche.

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              You could say that of every cliche that’s ever been quoted.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  October 9, 2018

              We know that this is from Shakespeare, and means being blown up by your own explosives, so it’s a quote from him and one is quoting him by saying it.

              A quote can become a cliche, but not all cliches are quotes just because people say them. Quotes (or quotations, as one of my lecturers tried in vain to make people say, rather than the incorrect ‘quote’ ) are surely words that can be attributed to someone.

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              Or something; could reporting the words spoken by an robotic answering machine be regarded as a quotation?

    • Pink David

       /  October 9, 2018

      “Less petrol-burning, low-priority car travel would help.

      Are you in favour of much higher petrol prices to drive a reduction in consumption?

  2. Zedd

     /  October 9, 2018

    Hey, lets ALL just bury our heads in the sand & pretend its all just a conspiracy theory or part of just a normal cycle; massive increases in CO2 & CH4.. dont really have any effect on the climate or environment.. its all just a grand myth, by the ‘loony left’ & the ‘tree huggers’

    SO lets all just jump in out V8s, 4x4s & private planes & show them that ‘climate change’ is not really happening.. shall we ?
    There isn’t any major storm increases or rising tides.. Im alright Jack..

    Its all the fault of the people who live near the coast, if their houses get swamped by the occasional high tide or Tsunami etc.

    btw; “Isn’t it IRONIC.. dont you think ?” 😦

    • Zedd

       /  October 9, 2018

      Its all the new Govts. fault if the price of petrol goes up & we cant all drive the V8s to the local shop.. 50 yards down the road !
      Oh no we wouldn’t want to actually walk or take public transport.. that just so un-NZ :/

      • Zedd

         /  October 9, 2018

        I’ll just wait while all the usual downticks come in…. 😀 😀

        see if I can pass my last record 20 ?

        • PartisanZ

           /  October 9, 2018

          You’ve got your ‘Kiwi Values’ all Right there Zedd old son! 😉😎😁

    • Gezza

       /  October 9, 2018

      Probably best to leave tsunamis out of the grizzle Zedd. I wouldn’t get a place low down by the sea in NZ because of the tsunami risk. People who do are taking a risk. In Japan & possibly Sulawesi the earthquake dropped the land in some locations and in places tsunamis can reach prodigious heights anyway because of the local seafloor topography. Sea level rise has little to do with it. Storm surges from hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are more of a problem with sea level rise.

  3. Zedd

     /  October 9, 2018

    What kind of world are we leaving the next few generations ?

    Dying coral reefs, mass extinctions etc.because so many couldn’t see beyond the end of their nose !

    • Zedd

       /  October 9, 2018

      oops did I put a dampener on the convo. ?

      what would MrT & Hoskins be saying ??

      • Corky

         /  October 9, 2018

        Mikey is at his new multi million dollar property drinking imported Brazilian coffee and eating stone ground flour muffins topped with A2 cream and organic blueberries. He’s on holiday and is saying and thinking nothing.

        • robertguyton

           /  October 9, 2018

          “…and thinking nothing” – situation normal, by all accounts.

          • Corky

             /  October 9, 2018

            Yes, just like you..except he doesn’t troll.

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              He hasn’t the wit for it, I’ve heard.

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              Who knows…he hasn’t tried trolling because his multi million dollar contract doesn’t allow it. 👍

            • Gezza

               /  October 9, 2018

              Come off the grass. He trolls regularly on the radio.

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 9, 2018

              Gotta agree Gezza. Obscenely highly-paid Trolls are still Trolls …

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              ”Come off the grass. He trolls regularly on the radio.”

              Give me an example. I haven’t heard him trolling. I have heard him quip.

    • Corky

       /  October 9, 2018

      What dying coral reefs?

      • robertguyton

         /  October 9, 2018

        What mass extinctions ??? /sarc

        • Corky

           /  October 9, 2018

          Answer the question…no sarc.

          • robertguyton

             /  October 9, 2018

            Yes sir, Corky sir!!

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              “ROUGHLY a fifth of all coral in the world has died in the past three years. Some experts believe that there is now just half the amount of coral that was in the oceans 40 years ago. The northern third of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than a third of its coral since 2015.”

              https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/03/21/why-is-so-much-of-the-worlds-coral-dying

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              ”The northern third of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has lost more than a third of its coral since 2015.”

              Well, sometimes Robert climate change may not be the only factor in play. That’s why I take anything regarding climate change with a grain of salt. Especially if it comes from a Greenie.

              http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-02/crown-of-thorns-starfish-killed-great-barrier-reef/9382378

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              I didn’t claim climate change was solely responsible for the dead and dying coral reefs, Corky.

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              I never claimed you did.

            • robertguyton

               /  October 9, 2018

              Climate change is solely responsible for the dead and dying coral reefs.
              Along with other effects resulting from civilisation. Especially Rightwingers.

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              That’s where you lose all credibility..and also my time.

            • Zedd

               /  October 9, 2018

              most C-C deniers.. just cant accept that; ‘hey they may just be WRONG !’ :/

              Ostrich-alert 😀

            • Corky

               /  October 9, 2018

              Pull your head out of the sand and face facts. Do not let it migrate up your rear end.😄

            • Zedd

               /  October 9, 2018

              ‘Pull your head out of the sand and face facts. Do not let it migrate up your rear end’ sez Corky

              That what I just said too.. 😀

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  October 9, 2018

              Place little credibility on what experts believe, only on what they can prove.

            • PartisanZ

               /  October 9, 2018

              Difficult conundrum then Alan … since nowadays most experts set out to prove only what they believe …

              “A proof is sufficient evidence or a sufficient argument for the truth* of a proposition … Exactly what evidence is sufficient to prove something is [also] strongly area-dependent, usually with no absolute threshold of sufficiency at which evidence becomes proof.”

              *Where “Truth” is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or standard. Truth may also often be used in modern contexts to refer to an idea of “truth to self”, or authenticity.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proof_(truth)

      • Zedd

         /  October 9, 2018

        ‘What dying coral reefs?; sez corky

        just open your eyes.. starts with ‘the GREAT one..’ & likely inc, many others too 😦 😦

        ‘Short memory… must have a..’

    • robertguyton

       /  October 9, 2018

      Previous generations left us the mess we are now in, Zedd – if it was good enough for them, why should we have to exert ourselves and make an effort; no one likes cleaning up someone else’s mess, do they? Just because our non-human travellers aboard this planet are rapidly disappearing through the actions of those humans who came before us, and our present behaviours, I suppose I’d have to admit, that doesn’t mean we should suffer a reduction in what we do, what we want to do, what we deserve !! Does it? /sarc

  4. Zedd

     /  October 9, 2018

    I caught the bus to city today: a 30 seat bus (?) had 4 people on it.. whilst sitting at the bus stop, I noted about half the cars are 4x4s & about 67% had only one person in them !

    On the way home.. the bus had about 10 on it. methinks that the bus company would be better off running 12 seat minibuses during ‘off peak’ periods :/

    Having lived overseas; UK & Aust. & visited several other countries; NZ has about the lowest use of public transport per capita; amongst the highest CO2 emissions per capita in the world !

    • Zedd

       /  October 9, 2018

      NOT something to be proud of ? 😦

    • Pink David

       /  October 10, 2018

      “Having lived overseas; UK & Aust. & visited several other countries; NZ has about the lowest use of public transport per capita; amongst the highest CO2 emissions per capita in the world !”

      Australia has more than double the co2 emissions of NZ, NZ is almost identical to the UK. We are about average for a developed nation.