New Climate Report from the UN:

New Climate Report from the UN: Climate Change Threat to People and Planet

Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread degradation of nature, affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to mitigate the hazards. In the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released earlier this week, scientists say that the people and ecosystems that are least able to cope with this situation will be hit the hardest.

“This report is a grave warning of the consequences of not taking action,” said IPCC Chairman Hoesung Lee. “It shows that climate change is a serious and growing threat to our well-being and a healthy planet. The actions we take today will shape how humans adapt to increasing climate hazards and how nature responds.”

With 1.5°C of global warming, the Earth faces multiple unavoidable climate threats in the next two decades. Even temporarily exceeding this level of warming will result in serious and additive effects, some of which are irreversible. Hazards to society will increase, including those related to infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements.

Urgent action is needed to combat rising dangers

Increasing heat waves, droughts and floods are already breaking tolerance thresholds of plants and animals, leading to mass death in species such as trees and corals. These extreme weather events occur simultaneously, producing cascading effects that are increasingly difficult to manage. It exposes millions of people living in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Island Countries and the Arctic in particular to acute food and water insecurity.

Take decisive and swift action to prevent increasing losses in life, biodiversity and infrastructure and adapt to climate change; At the same time, rapid and deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed. The new report states that the progress of compliance so far has been uneven, and there are growing gaps between actions taken and what needs to be done to combat the escalating dangers.

The Working Group II report forms the second part of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) to be completed this year.

Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.


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