Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
7) The growing intensity of wildfires and their spread to new corners of the globe raise fears that climate change is exacerbating the dangers. Explain how the recent reports commemorate the above fact.(250 words)
Why this question:
As the leaders of the world’s nations assemble in Madrid for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) beginning December 2, recent news on the global fight against climate change has been consistently disappointing.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss the growing intensity of wildfires and their spread to new corners of the globe raise fears that climate change is exacerbating the dangers.
Quote the significance of the reports highlighting the same.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the coming of recent reports that have highlighted the alarming situations across the world.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) flagship Emissions Gap Report, which went online on Tuesday (November 26), said in its executive summary: “The summary findings are bleak. Countries collectively failed to stop the growth in global GHG emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required.”
Despite scientific warnings and political commitments, GHG emissions continue to rise, including by China and the United States, the two biggest polluters.
GHG emissions have risen at a rate of 1.5 per cent per year in the last decade, stabilizing only briefly between 2014 and 2016.
Although the number of countries announcing net zero GHG emission targets for 2050 is increasing, only a few countries have so far formally submitted long-term strategies to the UNFCCC.
Discuss what needs to be done.
Conclude with way forward.