Millions will die if world fails on climate promises Posted on March 2, 2021 (August 19, 2021) by Admin Futurarc Years2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 30-day free access to FuturArc App CategoriesMain Feature City Profile Showcase Commentary Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2021 Millions will die if world fails on climate promises by Tim Radford, Climate News Network March 2, 2021 Scientists have looked at conditions in nine of the world’s 200 nations. They found that if the world keeps its promises in the Paris Agreement, of containing global heating to “well below 2 degrees Celsius (°C) by 2100″, millions of lives could be saved. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change says in the journal Lancet Planetary Health, “The nine nations have been selected because they embraced around half the global population, and accounted for seven-tenths of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.” “Actions to keep climate promises could prevent millions of deaths each year.Unless nations try harder, that won’t happen.” Thanks to the cleaner air that would come with a drastic reduction in fossil fuel combustion, another 1.6 million people could expect to breathe freely for another year. And the shift from private cars to public transport and foot or bicycle journeys would mean another 2.1 million of us could expect to go on benefiting from the additional exercise for another year, every year. “Right now, the world is heading for a global temperature rise by 2100 of 3 °C or more.” With these higher global average temperatures, there will be: More devastating and possibly lethal heat wavesMore intense and more frequent storms, Protracted drought, torrential rain and floodingRising sea levels that will intensify erosion and coastal flooding The damage that the above threaten delivers a long-term economic case for concerted global action to: Shift agricultural emphasisSave natural ecosystemsSwitch to renewable fuel sources Photo courtesy of The Purple Ink Studio READ MORE: How can we affect the landscape and the built environment sensitively? Avoiding despair In the last century alone, the planet has warmed by more than 1°C, and the last six years have been the warmest six years since records began. The promises made in Paris, if kept, could mean a 1 per cent drop in greenhouse gas emissions every year. But scientists shared in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, that will not contain global heating to 2°C. To deliver on the promise, the world must reduce emissions by 1.8 per cent a year. “To deliver on the promise in the Paris Agreement, the global community will have to try 80 per cent harder.”Communications Earth and Environment Some nations are nearer the more ambitious target: China’s declared plans so far would require only a 7 per cent boost. The UK would have to raise its game by 17 per cent. The US, which abandoned the Paris Agreement under former President Trump, has 38 per cent more work to do. For more information, please click here. To read the complete article, get your hardcopy at our online shop/newsstands/major bookstores; subscribe to FuturArc or download the FuturArc App to read the issues. Previously Published Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature / 2022A look back at 2022: Readers’ favourites & most-viewed stories Commentary, Online Exclusive Feature2022A look back at 2022: Readers’ favourites & most-viewed stories Commentary / 4th Quarter 2022Form Follows Political Paradigm: A reflection on Indonesia’s new capital city Commentary4th Quarter 2022Form Follows Political Paradigm: A reflection on Indonesia’s new capital city Contact us at https://www.futurarc.com/contact-us for older commentaries.