A new UN report says that while many of the impacts of global warming are irreversible there is still a brief window of time to avoid the very worst. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that humans and nature are being pushed beyond their abilities to adapt,
Over 40% of the world’s population are “highly vulnerable” to climate, the study finds but if the rise in temperatures is kept below 1.5C, it would reduce projected losses.
“Our report clearly indicates that places where people live and work may cease to exist, that ecosystems and species that we’ve all grown up with and that are central to our cultures and inform our languages may disappear,” said Prof Debra Roberts, co-chair of the IPCC.
“So this is really a key moment. Our report points out very clearly, this is the decade of action, if we are going to turn things around.”
This report from the IPCC is the second of three reviews from the world’s foremost body of climate researchers. It looks at the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change. It gives the clearest indication to date of how a warmer world is affecting all the living things on Earth.
“One of the things that I think is really, really clear in the report is that yes, things are bad, but actually, the future depends on us, not the climate,” said Dr Helen Adams, a lead author on the report from King’s College, London.
Greenpeace on the report at: https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/5-things-you-need-know-about-the-new-ipcc-report/
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