Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying, says report

Barry White

As hundreds flee their homes from devastating fires in Greece, Turkey, Siberia and northern California, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  hard hitting report on the science of climate change makes it absolutely clear that the climate emergency is not a problem of the future, it’s here and now and affecting every region in the world.

Published on 9 August, the report Climate Change 2021 The Physical Science Basis sets out the strongest statement yet from the UN group on the science of climate change and warns that sea level rises and other climate changes are irreversible.

The report’s summary was signed off by scientists and representatives of 195 governments, which, will be under pressure to take more action at the Glasgow UN COP26 in November where nations should present their concrete proposals for countering the climate emergency.

“The report comes at a time when we are working on projects covering biodiversity, energy, food and transport to help make a difference locally” says Sarah Wiltshire, ACE’s campaign coordinator: “We have a membership scheme and themed groups for people to support and become active in and with more people on board we can also influence national policy by sending a clear signal to our political leader regards the actions we want them to take.”

António Guterres the UN Secretary-General said the report was nothing less than “a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable”.

He noted that the internationally-agreed threshold of 1.5c degrees above pre-industrial levels of global heating was “perilously close. We are at imminent risk of hitting 1.5 degrees in the near term. The only way to prevent exceeding this threshold is by urgently stepping up our efforts, and pursuing the most ambitious path.

“We must act decisively now, to keep 1.5 alive.”

In a detailed reaction to the report, he said that solutions were clear. “Inclusive and green economies, prosperity, cleaner air and better health are possible for all, if we respond to this crisis with solidarity and courage”.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organisation in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies.

You can read more about the report in the IPCC news release at:  https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2021/08/IPCC_WGI-AR6-Press-Release_en.pdf

 

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