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..o;Mtvosy�,,' <br /> COUNTY OF HAWAII -• �''°=', ti••> STATE OF HAWAII <br /> TE•Of Mf'e <br /> RESOLUTION NO. 322 19 <br /> (DRAFT 2) <br /> RESOLUTION DECLARING A HAWAII COUNTY CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND <br /> REQUESTING REGIONAL COLLABORATION TOWARDS AN IMMEDIATE <br /> JUST TRANSITION AND EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION EFFORT TO RESTORE <br /> A SAFE CLIMATE. <br /> WHEREAS, on April 22, 2016, world leaders from 175 countries recognized the <br /> threat of climate change and the urgent need to combat it by signing the Paris Climate Accord, <br /> agreeing to keep warming"well below 2°C (3.6°F)above pre-industrial levels"and to "pursue <br /> efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C (2.7°F)"; and <br /> WHEREAS, the October 8, 2018 special report of the United Nations (UN) <br /> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC)projected that curtailing warming to 1.5°C <br /> (2.7°F) to reduce the risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, <br /> economic growth and plant and animal life this century, will require an unprecedented <br /> transformationof every sector of the global economy over the next 12 years, further, stopping <br /> warming at the UN target of 1.5°C (2.7°F)can only be achieved by overshooting the target and <br /> reversing warming with negative emissions (carbon removal from the atmosphere); and <br /> WHEREAS, subsequent research in the peer reviewed journal Nature has been <br /> released indicating that warming is likely to accelerate in the next decade and reach 1.5°C <br /> (2.7°F) by 2030 (ten years earlier than projected by the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on <br /> Climate Change (IPCC), 2°C (3.6°F) by 2045, and 4°C to 5°C (7.2°F-9.0°F) by the 2080's; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, on November 23, 2018, the United States Global Change Research <br /> Program, comprised of 13 U.S. federal agencies, issued the Fourth National Climate <br /> Assessment detailing the massive threat that climate change poses to the American economy <br /> and underscoring the need for immediate emergency action by every level of government to <br /> reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Fourth National Climate Assessment further indicates that the death <br /> and destruction already wrought by global warming of approximately 1.1°C (1.98°F) above <br /> late 19th century levels, demonstrates that the Earth is already too hot for humanity to safely <br /> and justly exist,as attested by increased and intensifying wildfires,floods,rising seas,diseases, <br /> droughts and extreme weather; and <br />