The Climate Report Everyone’s Talking About
The New York Times
On Monday, the United Nations released a landmark report showing that global climate change is accelerating, and it is definitively due to human-caused emissions from greenhouse gases.
According to NPR, one of the biggest recent advancements in the area has been so-called “attribution science,” which ties global warming and climate change to specific events. This work has allowed scientists in the report to say with “certainty” that humans are causing more extreme weather events like heat waves and droughts.
The report also outlined five scenarios to predict future global warming. Each scenario involved different levels of GHG emissions, economic and population growth, and political collaboration. Under all five scenarios, the Earth will surpass the well-known 1.5 degrees Celsius target set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The bright side:
The authors also made it clear that it’s not too late. Under each of the five scenarios, if the world’s governments make “rapid and large-scale reductions” of all GHGs, we can meet the 1.5 degrees C target.
The Biden administration has set a goal to cut the U.S.’s GHG emissions in half by 2030. However, several other major economies like China and India are not on track to reduce emissions this decade, according to NPR.