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Lynne’s session on climate change

Posted: October 16, 2019 by emmacatherineking in Uncategorized

Here are Lynne’s notes on her session in October 2019 on climate changeLynne and co xr and our response. 

Climate Quiz 

How much do you know? I don’t think anyone got all 8 questions right on Sunday night. 

Answers are given at the end of the quiz – no cheating!

1) What percentage of mammals,birds, fish and reptiles have been wiped out since 1970?

A 10%

B 20%

C 40%

D 60%

2) There are approximately 7.5 billion people living in the world today. How many people die each year as a result of pollution?

A 1.6  million

B 3. 9  million

C 5.4 million

D 7.3 million

3) How many companies are responsible for 35% of all current energy related CO2 emissions?

A 5

B 10

C 20

D 35

4 Which three countries accounted for almost half of all global emissions in 2017?

A China, USA and India

B China, Brazil and India

C India, USA and Brazil

D China, Germany and USA

5) Which country is on track to be carbon neutral by 2021?

A Scotland

B Costa Rica

C Poland

D Japan

6) When was the first academic paper published on the subject of climate change?

A 1961 

B 1943

C 1907

D 1896

7) Leeds city council have declared a climate emergency and are aiming to reach carbon net zero by which year?

A 2025

B 2030

C 2045

D 2050

8) The intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) published a special report in October 2018. The report had 91 lead authors and 137 contributing authors from 40 countries sourcing 30 000 academic papers. 

The take home message from the report  was that we absolutely need to stay below a 1.5 degree temperature increase. If we carry on with business as usual we will continue to see an increase in CO2 emissions; we’ve already experienced one degree of warming and we are on track to see  a 3 to 4 degree temp increase which will be catastrophic for wildlife and humans. There will be food shortages, water shortages, sea level rise and a dramatic increase in climate refugees.There will be civil unrest and mass human displacement not just in far flung places but also closer to home for example large areas of Hull will be below sea level with this kind of temperature rise.

The IPCC  report states that in order to stay safe side of a 1.5 degree temp rise we need to cut the planets CO2 emissions to 45% of 2010 levels.  Basically, time is running out to sort this – how long does the IPCC think we have we got?

A 20 years

B 16 years

C 11 years

D 5 years