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  • Ryan Wittler

A Major New United Nations Report Offers a Dire Warning About Climate Change


The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report on Monday, finding “human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world.”

Some highlights:

The report by 270 authors from 67 countries paints a grim picture of a planet transformed by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and on the brink of drastic, irreversible change.

  • It found heat waves, drought, floods, and other outcomes of climate change are accelerating more rapidly than scientists previously thought.

  • Some of the most delicate ecosystems have already been irreversibly altered, including coral reefs, polar, mountain, wetland, and rainforest ecosystems.

The report also linked climate change to detrimental human health outcomes, calling for “accelerated action” by world leaders to make “rapid, deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions” to “avoid mounting loss of life, biodiversity and infrastructure.”

There’s still time:

The report notes that there are several actions humans can take to limit global warming and prevent the worst outcomes of climate change.

  • It calls on world leaders to repair damaged ecosystems, limit GHG emissions, and invest in climate infrastructure.

  • It also emphasizes “local solutions” and offers “extensive regional information” to ensure effective climate resilience.

“The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet. Any further delay in concerted global action will miss a brief and rapidly closing window to secure a liveable future,” said the IPCC working group co-chair Hans-Otto Pörtner.

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