Rise in Natural Disasters as Earth Approaches 1.5 Degrees Celsius Limit

Earth is currently on its way to surpassing the 1.5 degrees Celsius limit that was internationally agreed upon for global warming. According to a study published by “Natural Climate Change”, the planet will surpass this limit by early 2029 if greenhouse gases continue to be emitted at the current rate. The net amount of carbon dioxide that humans can emit without exceeding the limit will run out three years earlier than the previously expected year of 2032.

The 1.5 degrees Celsius limit was decided upon and announced when the “United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” created the Paris Agreement, which is an international treaty regarding climate change signed by many countries in 2015 including Canada. If Earth surpasses this threshold, there will be an increased risk of climate change disasters, such as melting Antarctic ice sheets, damage to coral reefs, rises in sea level, oceans will become more acidic, and crops will be negatively impacted in certain parts of the world.

A climate scientist at a California-based nonprofit named “Berkeley Earth” stated that even a tenth of a degree increase past 1.5 degrees Celsius will have a major impact on the environment. So even if the 1.5-degree limit is surpassed, society’s pressure to keep the global temperature from rising further will be greater than it is today. It is suggested in Natural Climate Change’s study that the next target will be 2 degrees Celsius by the 2040s.

As Earth approaches the internationally agreed-upon global temperature thresholds, we must consider ways to slow down climate change. This can be done by adopting clean energy generation. The Anorra Turbines and Towers are a valid option for rural homeowners, tiny homeowners, and cottage owners to transition to wind-based clean energy generation.