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IPCC climate change report calls for urgent action
It is truly scary to read this pasts week’s most important news. The UN organization IPCC published a report on their most recent climate study, saying we now have 12 years to act. 12 years to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degree Celsius that is, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen effects substantially.
For this to be possible emissions must be cut by about 45% by 2030 compared with 2010 levels, which in fact is possible at the most ambitious end of the Paris Agreement, the report concludes.
The Guardian has summarized some of the most important points of the report:
- At 1.5C the proportion of the global population exposed to water stress could be 50% lower than at 2C
- Extreme heatwaves will be experienced by 14% of the world’s population at least once every five years at 1.5C. But that figure rises to more than a third of the planet if temperatures rise to 2C
- Arctic sea ice would remain during most summers if warming is kept to 1.5C. But at 2C, ice free summers are 10 times more likely, leading to greater habitat losses for polar bears, whales, seals and sea birds.
- If warming is kept to 1.5C, coral reefs will decline by 70-90% but if temperatures rise to 2C virtually all of the world’s reefs would be lost.
On top of this horrendous list let’s just add that at the current level of commitments, the world is on course for a disastrous 3 degrees of warming.
AT&T enter the streaming war
In last week’s feed, we wrote that Netflix now accounts for 15% of the entire internets downstream data, and of course there are other players who also want a piece of that cake. The latest to present its investment in streaming is AT&T, which acquired Time Warner earlier this year. The plan is to offer a streaming service with exclusive rights to Time Warner’s content library.
The interesting thing is that this is another step towards a large number of different streaming services, each with exclusive content. Which we in last week’s feed explained as one of the main reasons that file sharing of copyrighted material has once again begun to increase.