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My take-aways from one of the first formal gatherings of climate scientists and humanitarians in Geneva, in the wake of the @IPCC_CH report highlighting the human impacts of 2˚ of global warming. #StepUp2018 #SR15 #Talanoa4Ambition #ClimateRedi @UNFCCC 0/15
1/ Forget about coral reefs & polar bears. The difference between 1.5˚ and 2˚of warming is 60 million more people exposed to severe drought; millions more potentially exposed to flooding, 23% more of the world's population exposed to extreme heat. This stuff is real.
2/ For small-island states at risk of being wiped off the map, limiting warming to 1.5˚ was already "the ultimate compromise". "We knew that 1˚ would jeopardize our ability to live on these islands,” a Marshall Islands rep said. “Anything beyond 1.5 is simply uninhabitable.”
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