Welcome to our SnippETS newsletter.
In this edition of SnippETS we kick things off with the most important current topic in climate news: the latest IPCC report on climate change. The news is that it is a mammoth task, but if we take action now, we can still have a positive impact.
We follow with a story about how citizens are suing their government to get action on climate change.
Next, we move into forest conservation and restoration; blockchain chickens and differences between dietary choices.
We finish with a couple of articles that discuss actions that China and Indonesia are taking to crack down on illegal fishing.
Last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report on Global Warming (SR15). The report warned that serious action needed to be taken in order to reach the UN’s target of limiting warming to 1.5 ºC. It’s a very long and exhaustive report on the topic but luckily we have come across and concise slideshow summary that covers the report in 10 pictures and charts.
Looking at the IPCC report on a global scale can be dizzying, so you’re probably wondering what it all means for back home here in New Zealand. In this next article the author covers New Zealand’s emissions profile and what we will need to do to fulfil our commitments under the Paris Agreement.
During the IPCC press conference, world leaders have been told by the UN they have a ‘moral obligation’ to ramp up their action on the climate crisis, as the report (SR15) shows that even half a degree of extra warming will affect hundreds of millions of people, decimate coral reef systems and intensify heat extremes. This article discusses some of the political challenges that we are facing in order to overcome this existential threat.