Chile has joined a small group of nations by publishing a more ambitious climate action plan for the coming years. This was sparked from the last round of climate talks held.
A report from Megan Darby suggested that Chile will peak its GHG (Green House Gas) emissions by 2025. This comes to the rest of the worlds surprise as it is two years earlier than previously mentioned in a draft proposal.
The Chilean government is an advocate for stronger plans regarding climate change. They have campaigned – as well as among other nations – for governments to submit harder plans this year to the United Nations when the first five year milestone comes from the 2015 Paris Agreement.
However, with current affairs globally, the pandemic is posing huge complications for many nations’ plans to up their ambition.
Only the Marshall Islands, Suriname, Norway, Maldova, Japan and Singapore (all before Chile) submitted updates on their 2030 plans for action – a source provided from World Resources Institute tracker. Japan being the dominating country, faced criticism for largely reiterating pledges from 2015. They currently emit nearly 3% of all global GHG emissions.
The climate summit which was due to be held in November in Glasgow has been subsequently moved due to the coronavirus. Scheduled to be held a year later, it doesn’t affect the Paris request for all countries to submit plans by 2020.
Flights and emissions
Chloé Farand wrote about how airlines are seeking relief from new carbon emission rules to start this decade after the current pandemic caused a major collapse in international flights like never seen before.
The IATA (The International Air Transport Association), which represents airlines all over the world, wants to change the baseline from which CO2 emissions from traffic growth will be judged in the coming years. Currently they are dampened, but will look to recover once again in the 2020s when traffic recovers from its current depressed levels.
The move, it said, would “avoid an inappropiate economic burden on the sector”.
As the majority of the worlds flights are currently grounded, it has given scientist an extremely rare chance to study clear skies and found out how contrails create high altitude clouds that stoke global warming.
One of the least understood areas of climate science is the formation of clouds caused by air travel.
Clearer skies don’t happen very often in humanity, in fact, the last time it was as clear as this (at least over the United States) was after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The contrails from planes could be contributing just as much to climate change as do the carbon dioxide they emit from the fuel they burn.
People forced to stay home because of the current pandemic has resolved in citizen science in record numbers. Such as counting penguins to mapping out solar panels.
Zooniverse, Megan Darby’s interesting book on these various lock down projects. It sets volunteers to work on subject matters ranging from literature to space exploration, recorded five million “classifications”, or images processed, last week – four times its original number.
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