We are fools if we think:
- The world will stay within 1.5C of rising temperatures.
Here’s what scientists expect, if average global temperatures exceed 1.5 degree Celsius warming which is happening:
Coral reefs face almost complete die-off: The Great Barrier Reef is already in rapid decline.
A hotter atmosphere is a wetter atmosphere, so more floods and storms – as we have seen.
Glaciers are retreating, Antarctic calving huge icebergs, sea levels are rising.
Habitats changing, biodiversity declining.
Tropical diseases are spreading.
2. Landowners will stop land clearing
Just tabled in Parliament, the NSW State of the Environment report 2021, reveals that land clearing has tripled over the past decade!! Trends for clearing native vegetation, for its condition, and ecological carrying capacity are getting worse! even now!
Cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. In Brazil, this has been the case since at least the 1970s. Large fires have burned across the rainforest in 2020 and 2021. With as much as 17% of the forest lost already, scientists believe that the tipping point will be reached at 20% to 25% of deforestation.
3. All three levels of government in Australia will work had to preserve abundance and biodiversity.
I don’t know where to start on this one.