By Alissa SchellerThe UK government is set to announce a climate change policy that aims to slow the rise of the world’s oceans by at least 2C over the next half century.
It has a long way to go before the UK can claim to be a leader in climate action, however.
Its policy, which has yet to be formally published, aims to take a number of key steps, including a reduction in emissions from the power sector by 50 per cent over the same period.
The UK is the world leader in developing the technology and technologies to capture and store carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.
However, the government says it will need to do a lot more to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels, as a major consequence of the UKs current emissions trajectory.
A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that by 2030, the world will have reached a point where the carbon intensity of the planet’s oceans will have increased by 30 per cent, or about 1.4 billion tonnes.
That will make the oceans the most sensitive environment in the world to climate change.
The IPCC has warned that the world is on track to reach a threshold where ocean temperatures will rise as much as three degrees Celsius.
At the moment, the oceans are warming up at a rate of about 1-2 degrees Celsius per decade, and the IPCC says this is “likely to be more than enough to increase the vulnerability of the oceans to climate variability.”
The IPCC also points out that the oceans have become more acidic and acidic water can be found in the sea floor.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Action (ICCCA) says that by 2050, the climate change impact on the oceans is projected to increase by 0.7 to 1.8 degrees Celsius, with about a third of the warming due to the oceans due to sea level rise.
The report predicts that by 2100, the sea level could rise by 3-4 metres and sea level would rise as high as 10 metres.
The Intergovernmental Climate Change Conference in Paris this week concluded with a climate summit where countries agreed to a global goal to limit the temperature rise to 1 degree Celsius, which is roughly the level at which some of the most extreme weather events occur, such as flooding.
The US is set for its third meeting with the ICCA in December, where it will announce its plans to limit emissions from its fossil fuel industry.
However, the US does not want to do so at the moment.
The government is planning to introduce an emissions trading scheme, which will involve the purchase of emissions permits.
A report published on Wednesday said that, while the government had already set up a website to help Canadians prepare for the carbon tax, the details of the policy were still unclear.
A spokesman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said that the government is not considering a carbon tax and that the Government will “provide further information at the appropriate time.”
“The Government will work closely with the provinces and territories to determine appropriate regulatory and compliance measures to achieve the climate target and ensure the sustainability of Canada’s economy,” the spokesman said in a statement.
“Climate change will impact every sector of the economy, including our economy.
The Government is taking steps to prepare Canadians for the impacts of climate change and to protect our environment.”