Weekly Column: While Trump celebrates, our planet continues to warm

by emma hungaski • october 19, 2018 • 6:00 a.m.

Last week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a horrifying update on the direction our planet is headed due to climate change. While the number of people realizing climate change is a real issue continues to grow each day, I don’t think anyone expected the report to show such frightening results. According to the study, even the agreements made at the Paris Accords in 2015 that aimed to reduce greenhouse gases will not be enough to stop the catastrophic effects caused by the rising temperatures.

If we all remember correctly, Trump has decided to end the United States’ agreement to uphold the Paris Accords. While this seemed like a devastating mistake before, the amount of damage felt by it just increased tenfold with the results from this report. Originally, the Paris Accords was attempting to keep the global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, however scientists are now explaining that even a rise in temperature of this seemingly small number could still cause huge changes to our way of life. Now, with the US removed from the regulations, we can expect the temperature to rise more than 1.5 degrees, causing even worse results than what was originally expected.