A UN climate report with over 14,000 environmental research studies, climate policies analysis, and observation of the state of the world, an international panel of scientists predict that we are closer to collapse, devastation, and climate shocks.
UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that states, “it is too late to prevent ecological devastation that will almost certainly result in mass death via intolerable heat, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather events, as well as widespread extinction over the next few decades.”
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment is a blunt warning from scientists worldwide that human activity is damaging the planet at an alarming rate. The report warns that climate change is already affecting every region, and without urgent action, our planet could face serious outcomes.
“We now find ourselves in a critical period of time during which even worse effects of climate change can still be prevented, as long as countries around the world all take immediate, urgent action to stop burning fossil fuels, The New York Times reported.
By far, human activity has heated the planet by about 1.1 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial levels. The report further states that the world will exceed temperature rises of 1.5C over the next two decades. Cutting global emissions to net-zero by mid-century would limit global warming to 1.5C in the long-term within the next twenty years and help to avoid the severe impacts of climate change, according to the report.
When that occurs, nearly 1 billion people will undergo ever more serious heatwaves, and hundreds of millions more will handle extreme droughts.
“We can expect a significant jump in extreme weather over the next 20 or 30 years,” University of Leeds climate researcher and report co-author Piers Forster told the NYT. “Things are unfortunately likely to get worse than they are today.”
It is now up to us to be brave and take decisions based on the scientific support provided in these reports. We can still avoid the worst consequences, but only if we start treating the crisis as a crisis.
“Now is the critical decade for keeping the 1.5 target within reach.” White House Office of Science and Technology Policy deputy director Jane Lubchenco told the NYT.