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New IPCC Climate Report Will Add Pressure On Ardern For Stronger Action On Agriculture



As 2021 shapes up to be yet another year marked by deadly
floods, heat waves, devastating wildfires and record
droughts, world governments will soon be convening to
receive a new stark climate crisis warning by the scientific
community.

Written by top climate scientists from
around the world, the much anticipated report by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), scheduled
for publication on 9 August after a virtual approval
session, will summarise the latest scientific understanding
on what’s happening to our climate system, and where we
are heading, depending on the scale and speed of action we
take.

Greenpeace Aotearoa is calling on the New
Zealand Government to come to the table with a commitment to
significantly reduce agricultural emissions.

“What was
once seen as a future threat is now here and it’s rapidly
getting worse. The devastating floods, heatwaves and
droughts are not a surprise. Had Governments acted on the
first warnings of the IPCC more than thirty years ago, we
would be in a far better place today,” says Greenpeace
Aotearoa climate campaigner, Amanda Larsson.

“Jacinda
Ardern has said a lot of good things about climate change,
but has not yet put in place any significant measures to
actually reduce emissions, particularly from our biggest
polluter – dairying.”

The 26th ‘United Nations
Climate Change Conference of the Parties’ (COP26) will be
hosted later this year in Glasgow, UK.

“At the COP26,
the onus is on political leaders to heed scientists’
warning and commit to the necessary changes that will heal
the climate, restore nature and ensure a safe and stable
future for our children and grandchildren.
.

“Countries like New Zealand, which have the freedom
to change, have a responsibility to come to the table with
ambitious and visionary plans of action.

“In much the
same way that we were one of the first countries to end new
offshore oil and gas exploration, New Zealand has the chance
to pioneer a new and better way of growing food.
Regenerative organic farming works with nature – instead of
against it – to build soil health, store water and carbon,
bring back wildlife and make farms more resilient in the
face of extreme weather.

“To make good on her
nuclear-free moment, Ardern must pluck up the courage to
actually reduce agricultural emissions, by banning synthetic
nitrogen fertiliser, banning imports of supplementary feed
like palm kernel expeller and back a shift to regenerative
organic farming.

“We can have a thriving countryside
with plenty of jobs and strong communities, as well as
abundant nature and clean water. Forward-thinking
regenerative organic farmers are already restoring nature
while they grow good food and earning a premium for their
products too,” says Larsson.

The scientific consensus
presented in the report will add pressure on the discussions
on how to accelerate countries’ action in line with the
Paris Agreement 1.5°C warming limit – with new and revised
2030 commitments expected from leaders at the UN climate
conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland in November
2021.

The report is expected to show, among other
things:

How and why the climate has changed to date,
and how it could change in the future under different
possible futures (scenarios), with updated estimates e.g.
for sea-level rise through to 2100 and beyond
(2300).

An update on how sensitive the climate is to
increasing amounts of greenhouse gases.

Improved
understanding of changes in extreme events and attributing
these events to human influence.

A greater emphasis on
regional climate change and information relevant for
regional risk assessment, amplified by an interactive online
regional atlas.

The report will not address the
impacts and risks of climate change to humans, nor ways to
mitigate climate change and its impacts, as those are topics
that will be covered by the remaining three parts of the
IPCC 6th Assessment Report, due to be finalised and
published next year.

Greenpeace is an official
observer to the IPCC and will be attending the virtual
approval meeting of the WG1 report. Experts are available
for comment.

The approval meeting will start with an
opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. (CEST) on Monday 26 July
2021. The event will be streamed live, with no registration
needed. The rest of the approval meeting (from 26 July to 6
August 2021) will be closed to the public and
media.

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