The Scottish Rural Parliament (SRP) notes that the global temperature has already increased by 1°C since pre-industrial times and is now likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Warming of 1.5°C published in Oct 2018 states that, unless greenhouse gas emissions are significantly lowered now, global temperatures will continue to rise increasingly rapidly and will peak at more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The IPCC consider that “ambitious mitigation actions are indispensable to limit warming to 1.5°C”. The IPCC warn that global warming is likely to exceed 1.5°C under all but the most stringent emissions reduction regimes.
The SRP also notes new climate projections for Scotland https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/collaboration/ukcp/key-results.
Implied within this is that potential global warming of 2°C will result in a much greater frequency of winter floods and storm damage whilst extended summer droughts may well cause irreparable damage to habitats and eco-systems.